Posted: 26/12/2015 at 20:15
Tootles, I regulsarly grow excellent carrots....ok, boastful maybe but true. I live on carrots in the summer
I omce grew, what I called "crowbar carrots. Started off as a but of a joke
I made deep holes with a crowbar to make tapering holes some 5cm wide at the top. I used a mixture of sieved soil, sieved compost and a a tad of fish blood and bone and poured this into the holes. I sowed 2 carrot seeds in each hole to leave one seedling. They were watered well and gave an additional seaweed spray or two. That summer those carrots were huge.......I don't mean those useless roots that exhibitors go for but edible (and delicious) carrots.
No, not gritty soil Tootles...this will make them fork. fine, stone free, lump free root run is essential
as I said earlier, I grow good carrots anyway on my sandy loam and have not since grown those crowbar carrots.
carrots need consistent watering.....dry and wet will cause splitting. Keep them growing.
I don't know why your carrots took so long to make anything....time wise you gave them a long enough growing season
I would also use fleece or nematodes to control carrot fly