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Post  dstubbs on 9/13/2010, 6:46 pm

I harvested my first carrot and beet yesterday. After 4 months of eager anticipation this what they looked like. Drum roll, please.....

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Re: first carrot and beet

Post  CarolynPhillips on 9/13/2010, 6:55 pm

oh my. I don't know what to say. I can imagine what you thought when you pulled them up.
I am so sorry---have no idea why they didn't grow for you. But if it were my soil, I would be adding some phosphorus to it..... or .......Bulb fertilizer.
oh my.....
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Post  Megan on 9/13/2010, 7:02 pm

Oh dear! Well, maybe to leave them grow a little longer?

You are in good company, though. Here are my biggest carrots from last year: Very Happy

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Post  camprn on 9/13/2010, 7:14 pm

On the bright side, beet greens are delish! Steamed w/ a touch of Neuman's Own italian dressing. Keep watering those babies. you may yet get a few beets. Very Happy
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Post  dstubbs on 9/13/2010, 7:16 pm

I think I'll leave them in the ground a while longer. The tops were looking very lush but the roots didn't amount to much! I tried the carrot and it did taste pretty good, in any case. Smile
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Post  miinva on 9/13/2010, 7:18 pm

My very favorite beet greens are Bull's Blood, which make pathetic beets, but the greens are both beautiful and delicious Smile

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Post  donnainzone5 on 9/13/2010, 8:19 pm

My beets and carrots "thrive" similarly in my light-challenged SFG. Sometimes the carrots take eight months to reach a middling size, although I planted some in a planter that gets more sunlight about four months ago, and they're coming along much better than usual.

I once decided to be patient with the beets and eventually was rewarded with some that were normal-size.

Much depends upon temperature and light, in my experience. Watering regularly also helps. I'll be experimenting with a drip system next spring.
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Post  quiltbea on 9/14/2010, 11:49 pm

Mine took over 3 months before they had any growth.
I thought they'd mature faster.
I'm glad I got some this year and will try again next year.

These are 2 varieties, Mokum and Nantes. They were delicious though, so I was happy with the flavor.
I harvested another small bunch the other day and shared with my son and his family. They liked the flavor. I just didn't like the long wait.
I'll be trying next year but not expecting miracles until Sept.
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Re First carrot and beet

Post  Ray'ssfg on 9/15/2010, 12:44 am

Smile You clearly have very healthy plants by the photos. They just need to stay in the ground a few more weeks.
If you feel around the top of the plant just under the ground you can tell if there is a decent carrot or beet there without disturbing the roots or pulling them up.
They can be very slow growers depending on the weather.
If your plants were not healthy I would have been worried.
They probably might benefit from some fish or seaweed fertilizer.
cheers Ray Down Under cheers
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Strange year

Post  ander217 on 9/15/2010, 9:01 am

This has been a strange year for growing things.

I planted an early square of Coreless Nantes carrots way back in late March, expecting an early summer harvest. I pulled two of them around July 1. One looked like yours. The one next to it was the largest carrot I've ever raised. The rest felt tiny so I left them. I pulled two more in August which were about the size of my little finger. There is one left growing in the square and it still feels tiny. They were all growing in the same square. I planted a later box with carrots and some grew to medium size while others remained tiny.

I can't explain it.
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