subs-october
subs-october

Grow Your Own Magazine

Navbar button growfruitandveg.co.uk Logo
Forum Navigation

+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    vicki's Avatar
    vicki is offline Sprouter
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    thatcham, berkshire
    Posts
    244

    Default thinning out carrots - help!!!

    hi, I've grown some carrots in a trough which are growing really well but I've sown them too thickly and think I need to thin them out - the ones I remove, can they be replanted elsewhere or will I just have to bin them? Some of them pull out quite cleanly but are still only a little white root just starting to fatten up although there is plenty of leaf growth.
    There is so much to learn!!!!!!!!!!
    smiling is infectious....

    http://www.thehudsonallotment.blogspot.com/ updated 28th May 2008

  2. #2
    pigletwillie's Avatar
    pigletwillie is offline Ohhh Shiny
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Leicester- the epicenter of world rugby
    Posts
    5,307

    Default

    you can either thin them out to 2 inches between plants and throw the rest out. It will do no good and seed is so cheap. Alternatively you can wait a while and pull them up as "fingerlings" and thin them that way. By doing this you can eat the thinnings as you thin them.

    Unless you really like rows try THINLY broadcasting an area with seed and rake to cover them. This way you get lots of small sweet tender "finger" carots as you thin them out and can leave the ones spaced out to grow to maturity. I do this in 4 weekly successions to give me mature and fingerling carrots all season.

  3. #3
    Nicos's Avatar
    Nicos is offline 'Allo 'Allo !
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Normandy (61) France
    Posts
    40,932

    Default

    I'd leave them until they are 'fingerlings' ( like the term.....does it actually exist!!!! ) Sooooooo sweet!!!

  4. #4
    veggiechicken's Avatar
    veggiechicken is offline Warning!! Contains Nuts
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Sunshiny South Wales
    Posts
    51,081
    Blog Entries
    4

    Default

    I would be wary about uprooting carrot seedlings because of the risk of attracting carrot fly. Why not just snip off the tops of the ones that are overcrowded? You can eat the young leaves, chopped up in a salad.

  5. #5
    olde9856 is offline Germinator
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Herefordshire
    Posts
    24

    Default

    I dont seem to be able to get them to germinate outside this year. No problem in the greenhouse. Any suggestions?

  6. #6
    Nicos's Avatar
    Nicos is offline 'Allo 'Allo !
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Normandy (61) France
    Posts
    40,932

    Default

    pop some fleece over them!

  7. #7
    dwrudd is offline Sprouter
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Ince, Wigan
    Posts
    142

    Default

    If you can leave them until the end of May, the first larval stage of the carrot fly should be weel hatched and gone. This should give less chance of the carrot fly being attracted to the smell and give you your fingerlings as well.

    Darren

  8. #8
    SueA's Avatar
    SueA is offline Early Fruiter
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Manchester
    Posts
    4,389

    Default

    You can't really replant the thinnings Vicki as carrots don't like being disturbed & should throw the thinnings away carefully if they are tiny so as not to attract carrot flies.
    Into every life a little rain must fall.

Similar Threads

  1. Thinning Carrots
    By Masonmou in forum Vegging Out
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 21-06-2008, 05:54 PM
  2. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 18-05-2008, 07:34 PM
  3. Thinning out - what can you eat?
    By jennybb in forum Vegging Out
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 15-04-2008, 02:35 PM
  4. thinning carrots?
    By beach chick in forum Vegging Out
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 17-05-2007, 01:11 PM
  5. Thinning out
    By Shelle in forum New Shoots
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 17-04-2007, 08:39 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts