Posted: 12/07/2015 at 14:32
Hey Lyn....we had this discussion....
its not the feed, the fertiliser, that forks carrots. It is the manure, lumps of soil or compost or stones that does this.
carrots like all crops need nutritients. However, for me, just a light scattering of fish blood and bone tickled into the surface. Roots do not touch this anyway.
since your carrots are seeding (boxes should have been ticked when you said woody stems) I am now confident your bed dried out. Most everything flowers when under stress, esp veg. So dont allow them to get stressed
My carrots are grown in 2 x 20' rows of 4 rows 3" apart. First rows are half picked and wont now be watered. They wil not split.
the second rows are still watered but moderately because they wont be eaten for a few weeks yet. In my experience, carrots do not root very deeply. I use a no dig system but cultivate the top 9" or so......a cultivator is perfect for this. Ground mulched thickly. (Ground initially trenched )