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    Friday, August 30, 2013

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    Emma

    Maybe what you should do is follow the example of the show growers here. A tall container filled with a sandy soil, previously sifted for stones. There's even a blog post about it:
    http://keithfoster.wordpress.com/2010/12/14/growing-exhibition-carrots/

    I'm loving your blog posts.
    I'm hating my current spam infestation.
    I shall blog once school starts next week. I promise. xxx

    Jenn C.

    If it makes you feel any better, I read a while back that the craze for "baby carrots" came about because farmers were tired of 50+% of their crops being too oddly shaped for commercial sale. I don't think it's just your carrots.

    Cookie

    Have you ever considered that they might like it rough? ;^)

    Norma

    OMGODDDDDDDDD, Emma! That blog post, and those carrots, are giving me palpitations!!! They are surreal!!!!!

    gayle

    Our carrots are sneaky little bastards, too. Usually, they wait to germinate till after a rainstorm, so they can get washed away and sprout in the path instead of the nice little bed we've made for them...

    margene

    The blogpost Emma shared was amazing. She's right about soil, plus leaving your carrots in through a couple of cold months will sweeten them, too.

    Mary Lou

    I couldn't face another year of carrot shame. I quit. These photos have strengthened my resolve.

    Julie

    I got one bunch of relatively normal looking carrots this year, but only because I planted them in the new bed filled with fresh soil. Usually with our clay filled soil I don't get anything.

    And I love your misshapen carrots!

    kmkat

    Just sift your entire carrot bed next spring before you plant them. Guaran-damn-teed to produce beautiful carrots. It's the pebbles (or boulders) in the soil that make for warped carrots.

    kate

    my mom grew them in double height painters buckets (my dad jurried them together) with playsand/potting soil mix and let them go until almost october- long, straight, sweet carrots.

    anj

    I was told by a boss once (when I lived in Boston) that the only way to get carrots was in buckets filled with sandy soil. And that any other way you will not get edible carrots. So give it a try.

    Deb

    We had a truckload of carrots like this that arrived at the Foodbank. There were a sight. Never show anything like them before. We had hardly any takers.

    Seanna Lea

    Some of those carrots are awfully kinky looking. Can you just call them heirloom and pretend they are all supposed to look that way?

    Gretchen

    At first, huh, interesting. Then, wow, kinda gross. And then I started laughing. And laughing. Not too hungry for carrots at the moment...Vintage Norma!

    Kristen

    I love my mutant carrots. They taste better than the non-mutants. I especially enjoy the looks I get when I pull out my purple carrots at lunchtime. MWAAHAHAHAHAHAAA!

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