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By Aina

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom Gb

carrott seed.
I have scattered carrot seed in my cold greenhoouse and it is getting on very well.
Hve had to thin out last night.
On picking out some of the seedlings i found that they were beginning to get kinks in them.
Is this a sign that they are going to bolt.
I haven't grown carrotts in the greenhousae before, and the last time they were grown in my vegetable plot was over 10 years ago and I got carrotts that had bolted and some were okay.

The soil is the finest that i have ever seen in the greenhouse, so i am puzzled as to what could be causing the problem. There are also no stones in it.



The kinks are because the soil has not been worked to a fine enough tilth. Any time a root meets a stone or other obstacle in the soil it bends round it. For an ornamental plant or one that you don't eat the root of this does not matter for carrots and parsnips it results in twisted and forked roots.

26 Apr, 2011


Too much organic matter can also cause kinks and forks.

27 Apr, 2011

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