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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:40 pm 
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I bought carrot and eggplant seedlings at the same time.

My eggplant are fruiting but the carrots have nice green healthy tops and nothing underneath.

Is there something I should be giving them that I am not? The soil is nice and loose and was amply fertilised with mature chook poop prior to planting and I gave them a feed about a month ago with a good organic vegie fertiliser.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:13 pm 
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sounds like the carrot tops are growing like crazy on the old chook manure and not forming storage roots because there is so much nitrogen in the soil.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:19 pm 
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Carrots don't like manure or fertiliser hence all top and no bottoms. They prefer free draining sandy soil in full sun. One other thing - you will generally grow a better carrot from seed rather than seedlings as they hate being moved once they have germinated. Hope this helps. :thumbs:


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:59 pm 
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so is it worth leaving them in the ground?

Will they grow if I leave them alone from now on?

Should I add a little lime to the soil around them?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:11 pm 
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How long ago did you plant them, is the carrot underneath big enough to eat or is it basically just a thin root?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:21 pm 
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I planted them early january as seedlings.

There is only thin roots.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:29 pm 
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You can either wait and see if they plump up (unlikely) or just start again with fresh seed/seedlings in an area that hasn't been manured. It's an ideal time of the year to plant carrot seed and they will grow quite quickly.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:33 pm 
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Oops I made a mistake it was just before Christmas actually.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:48 pm 
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if u have enough room leave them and see what happens .. water well to flush out the fertiliser .. if you dont have room pull them out and green feed the chooks then plant silverbeet/brassicas


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:25 pm 
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:thanks: everyone. I think I will pull them out as I only have a small vegie patch so I think getting on with autumn planting would be best. Carrots arent all that expensive anyway so would be of more benefit to my family to plant the stuff that is expensive to buy.


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