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Plant from seed to avoid forked roots. Mix seeds with sand to avoid the need to thin your carrots.
Add carrot, lettuce and spring onion seeds and mix with sand, sow direct into pots for a great space filler in between most plants (if you plant between bean family plants, leave the spring onions out)

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Reply by Donna on December 26, 2009 at 12:23Delete

I find carrot seeds need to be constantly moist to germinate, try covering row with a hessian sack or plank of wood until they do... if you use wood you could put it between rows as a weed suppressant.

Too much fertiliser can cause top to grow at the expense of the root., or forked and hairy carrots. If the soil is too heavy you will get short stubby carrots and if there are rocks in the soil they can be curly - like a corkscrew!

To save seed these take two seasons, one for the root and one for the flower. If you plant a carrot whole you can get seeds within one year.
 Reply by Vanessa Collier on January 11, 2010 at 14:54

Companion plants: lettuce, onion, tomato (although tomato can stunt growth)

Avoid planting with: dill and parsnip

I grew parsnip & carrots together a couple of years back, they seem to be fine, but didn't grow very big... although I think it's a soil issue because they had very lush green huge top growth...

I successfully grew the following varieties:

- All Seasons (started from seed all year, except summer)

- Nantes

- Early Red

I often grew the smaller, fatter, shorter carrots - it's just easier ;)

I found out another new thing - if you pull up young carrots and they are pale in colour, it indicates that your soil is too acid. Can confirm this, carrots I pulled up from amongst a yellowing patch of parsley (which missed out on the recent liming due to maturing silverbeet plants) are indeed a very pale colour and fairly tasteless. 

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