Carrots in Dry Soil
Good Morning Everyone!
I harvested most of my carrots last week and there was good and bad in the experience. The good was that the June 13th gel planting technique worked!! The plants were a little too crowded - largest Nantes carrots started in the cornstarch gel were about 6 inches. As I've noted earlier, the June 27th planting in gel failed - so I'm concluding that a carrot seed started in a bead of cornstarch gel anywhere from mid-April to early June has a good chance at life!
However . . . after years of intending to grow giant Kuroda carrots, my effort this season was a dismal failure. I hadn't intended to put so many eggs in one basket with the Kuroda but wanted to mostly concentrate on Nelson Nantes as a dependable and tasty "little guy." But, Johnny's didn't have my Nelson carrot pellets and back-ordered until June. Then, they neither sent them to me nor notified me they weren't.
Kuroda needed to come thru but I'd guess 10 out of 12 carrots split. Looking back, I should have picked up plenty of Scarlet Nantes seed at the garden center in June and planted MANY more feet in the gel in my first try - - shoot!
An Arizona Cooperative Ext website on carrot water requirements shows that they need right at 1" of water weekly up to full maturity. Of course, while they are tiny and early in the growing season, their requirements are less. Actually, they state it as .15 inches/day.
My efforts to put 1.5" of water on the gardens each week looks like it should be very adequate but one needs to realize that I have very rocky soil and only run the sprinklers twice each week. I think this is a crop which would GREATLY benefit from more frequent waterings even if less water is applied each time.
Here seems to be the path for my future success - - forget the huge, long-season carrots!
I bet my few-in-number parsnips are okay!