I finally pulled my carrots yesterday. They were getting overgrown, for one, and also I was itching to plant watermelon or pumpkin seeds in this spot to spill over to the ground.
March 17th: early growth, from seeds scattered directly in late January or so… (the green stuff front and center)
April 3: They are certainly the big boys on the playground now…
April 10th: Looking good!
April 25th:below you can see they are almost overgrown, spilling over and starting to choke out the other plants. (Yes, I’m guilty of planting too thin, again!) So I decided to yank one and see if it was done…
Weird looking! Fat and squatty… but about what I’d expect for a root vegetable in a gravel bed. Based on this, with the splitting, I figured it was definitely time for the others to come out as well.
The kids helped me pull them out – fun stuff! All of the carrots were squatty, which made the kids laugh.
Here’s the full load: Some were split, some were still greenish at the core. (this is Chantenay Red Core variety, but none of mine were red, it seems)
Interestingly, here’s one that my 3 year old yanked out a month or two ago, and I replanted it in a different growbed. Something in that experience, probably the loss of its taproot, caused the carrot to send off many many new roots from the main body, similar to how non-root vegetable plants look, but not similar to most of the other carrots.