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Curly Carrots
by: Christine

Aware of carrots' propensity to grow round obstacles, this year I grew purple ones in a deep container filled with ordinary potting compost. It wasn't pressed hard in and they were properly spaced.

But they're still curly; some look like golf balls with strange little arms and they're a bit hairy.

Is the potting compost too rich for them? (Having said all that, they do taste great, they just look super-weird on the plate!!)

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Christine, I have often had the same problems with growing carrots. It seems to me that some varieties of carrots have more of a tendency to grow curly.

However, it also seems that softer textured soil with more mulch allows all varieties of carrots to grow longer and straight.

Anyone else out there who has found a way to solve this problem with carrots?

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Curly Carrots
by: Kate

We have pretty much a sandy soil all over, so we add compost when planting vegetables to give a bit of body and 'food' to the plants. Our carrots were planted far apart, in a loose sandy soil and have been watered fairly frequently but they still grow curly!

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