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    Default carrots and manure

    I understand you're not supposed to put manure down before planting carrots, but does that mean compost also? I didn't have my plot last Fall, so was unable to manure then. The bed has been dug over (before I inherited it), but I don't think anything was added to it. Should I just leave it as it is or add compost to improve the soil's structure?

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    I grew my carrots in pots last year filled with compost so it wasnt too hard and they grew great, not sure if that is any help ! good luck

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    Compost is fine, but it may help if you also add some sharp sand. Some of us make a fairly deep hole with the dibber, fill that with sand and sow the seed on top of that then cover with a sprinkling of fine compost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gan heather View Post
    I understand you're not supposed to put manure down before planting carrots, but does that mean compost also?
    Do you mean rotted garden compost, or multi-purpose?

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    I grew my carrots in pots last year filled with compost
    Multi-purpose compost is OK, if it doesn't have too much feed in it. However, my MPC carrots didn't grow as big as the ones in the ground (my soil is sandy and loose, perfect for carrots) Carrots don't need any nutrient or feed at all.
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    Thanks for all of the help. I want to do a bed employing the technique of square foot gardening - but just planting different varieties of carrots and alliums. If I mix multi-purpose compost and sand for the carrots, would the same be ok for the alliums? Or should I try to keep the sand contained to the carrot sections?

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    You don't need to add sand unless you're on clay. MPC on its own will be fine

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    I grew carrots in tubes filled with multi porpoise compost. The tubes were bundled together in an old wheel barrow.

    Only problem I had was keeping them well watered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeyWayne View Post
    multi porpoise compost.
    Is that the one imported from New Jersey?

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