Royal Chantney Carrots at my favorite size. Sweet, crunchy and no petroleum taste like store boughts. Saute in butter in a frying pan real slow with a lid. Add some turnips and parsnips and VIOLA! Real food! Real taste and real vitamins.

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Comment by Stillcookin on February 27, 2010 at 10:41pm
Carrot fly travel close to the ground, and a barrier 2 foot high will interrupt their flight path, forcing the fly to take another route. If carrots are planted in a container at least 2 foot off the ground, the carrot flies will just zoom past the side of the container, and not bother the carrots growing inside.
Comment by Richard Watson on February 26, 2010 at 8:25am
Robyn Wolfe whats your secret of beating the carrot fly,me use a net over my beds and that cuts down 98% of the larvae damage.

Nice looking carrots Stillcookin,been a few years since ive grown Royal Chantey
Comment by Stillcookin on February 5, 2010 at 4:15am
I don't grow carrots in hydroponics. Just not practical with the systems I have. Could be done but I have much more room out side. I store many in the ground to use all winter and then the remainder go to seed. I use raised beds with special lite soil. I only use well composted horse manure to fertilize with. Not too fresh or too "hot." Composted and "rotted" at least one year. For cabbages, as the British say, "Apply well rotted horse manure to a well limed soil." That means...oh...about... that much...til it feels just right!
Comment by Craig Hubbard on February 5, 2010 at 1:28am
i heard carrots don't like much fertilizer as it sends them to multiply their shoots and they come out all knobbly, a good well broken down fertilizer/compost or small amount is best. but that is for soil grown.
Stillcookin how do you find the hydro carrots respond to strong fertilizer?
Comment by Stillcookin on February 1, 2010 at 11:44am
I used to have "weird" looking carrots till I built raised beds and filled them with compost, sand and peat moss. Now they grow straight for the most part.
Comment by Earl Mardle on February 1, 2010 at 11:14am
Great carrots Stillcookin. We've been transplanting ours and they come up a bit weird looking, but plenty of actual, carrot to eat.

As for the fly, go on Robyn, what's the secret?
Comment by Robyn Wolfe on January 28, 2010 at 9:50pm
I love this. I have just learned the secret of beating the carrot fly and it gives great joy to pull an unblemished root.


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