I bought a package of carrot seed this spring even though I’ve traditionally have had really bad luck growing them. Every spring I have sown the seed. First I would make sure that the spot is ‘properly’ prepared. This meant digging deep hole and then filling it with potting mix in the hopes that the soil would be loose enough for the carrots to form properly. I would then carefully meter out each seed, making sure that I left them with plenty of room. The end result two months later was a lot of green tops with no carrots.
That changed this year when I happened across the Short and Sweet seed packet at a local store. The information panel informed me that these carrots were ‘bred especially for heavy or poor soil.’ I thought, ‘why not’ and bought the packet. That was this spring and I also broke with tradition by planting the seeds willy nilly in a broadcast fashion into a heavy clay soil. The result is all in the picture. I was amazed that such a tasty and good sized carrot could come from soil that is so rock hard you have to wet it down before digging the carrots up. This season, I have had a great harvest even though some of the plants were pretty close together.
I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who currently resides in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy blogging and politics. I received my degree from SIU majoring in Biology in 1972 and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.