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Double-deep boxes for carrots?

Post  greenmama on 4/4/2011, 4:56 pm

If I am using double deep boxes for a row of carrots (4 squares across)--I am going to have DH build a top-hat I think it's called. Do I fill the whole 12" deep all the way across with Mel's mix?
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Re: Double-deep boxes for carrots?

Post  Furbalsmom on 4/4/2011, 7:02 pm

Yes, you want the friable Mel's Mix all the way down in those 12 inch deep boxes. Carrots really need loose soil, without rocks, twigs and stuff, or you won't get those pretty straight roots.

Some varieties of carrots acutally grow up to 14 inches long, so check your seed packs and make sure the varieties you are planting will be in the 8 - 12 inch range. If your variety is a short carrot, 6 inches or less, no need for a top hat. But you could still use that deep soil for potatoes.
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Re: Double-deep boxes for carrots?

Post  lizzo on 4/4/2011, 7:15 pm

You could. Or realize that store's generally sell Imperator type carrots, and that all carrots aren't that long. This is a Nantes type, grown in six inche of MM. It appears that it had no intention of slowing down when it hit bottom!


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Re: Double-deep boxes for carrots?

Post  Furbalsmom on 4/4/2011, 7:22 pm

Thanks, Lizzo. That photo explains everything.

I did buy some "Deep Purple" carrot seeds that are supposed to grow 12 - 14 inches. My "White Satin" carrot seeds says 8 inches and Atomic Red 9 inches.
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Re: Double-deep boxes for carrots?

Post  lizzo on 4/4/2011, 10:04 pm

You're welcome. Just like Mel said, high rises are a possibility, but carrots will adapt to their environment, not to worry.

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