Unsightly, deformed carrots can be the bane of even the most experienced gardeners...
Home-grown carrots are fresher and tastier than anything you'll find in the supermarkets, which is why growing carrots is one of the most common vegetables grown in the home garden.
Firstly, what causes deformities in carrots?
Deformed carrots can be caused by a variety of problems and may be forked, bumpy, or otherwise misshapen. These carrots are usually edible, although the core may become woody and slightly bitter. When you find carrots forked and deformed, it may be cultural, insect, or even disease related.
For best results, follow these simple tips:
Follow these simple tips to prevent small, deformed or unsightly carrots from ruining your harvest:
Clear the soil of any large objects such as rocks or bark.
Avoid planting in clay or compact soil. Carrots grow best in loose soil with lots of organic amendments like compost and EM-1®
Plant your carrots in rows that are 1 to 2 feet apart.
When the plants are 4 inches high, thin the plants to 2 inches apart. This will allow room for the roots to develop.
Plant in either full sun or part shade.
Keep your carrots free of weeds. Weeds will absorb the nutrients the carrots need for healthy growth.
Water weekly with a solution of EM-1 and water. 3 tablespoons to 1 gallon of water. This will encourage large root development and help protect against common pests and root problems.
With regular use of EM-1 there is no need to rotate your carrot plants into different areas of the garden. The healthy microbes, minerals and nutrients all work together to keep the soil in optimal condition.
Application: Add 6 oz of EM-1 per gallon of water.
EM-1® is safe to use, 100% organic and OMRI listed.
What is EM-1®?
EM-1® is short for Effective Microorganisms. EMRO, the company and technology behind Effective Microorganisms®, has been the leader in plant friendly probiotics and fermentation since the 1960's. EM･1 is the original and authentic Effective Microorganisms® formulated by world renowned scientist Prof. Dr. Teruo Higa.
Dr Higa's Effective Microorganisms has been validated through scientific literature and field trials. It is 100% organic, odor free and safe for humans, animals and the environment.