I got tired of looking at the carrot-tops in the garden the other day. I'd been pulling out a few stray ones every now and then, and I had a feeling the entire carrot crop (Can we call 10 carrot plants a crop?) was rather doomed.
Turns out, I was right. These carrots are all leaves and no roots.
This little guy was the best of the bunch. I am slightly bummed, but they do smell delicious and sweet, so perhaps they will still taste good. All two bites of them.
I think this may have happened because of the way I set up the garden -- the soil was loose for the first 6 inches or so, but then its tightly-packed, rocky dirt underneath. I think once the carrot roots hit that lower ground, they just quit growing.
All you gardeners out there, any ideas? I planted some more carrot seeds recently, hoping for a more productive fall crop, but I have a feeling the same thing might happen again this fall. Ah, the joys of experimentation.
Good thing seeds are so cheap!