sweetening carrots

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  1. soapmakermom

    soapmakermom Well-Known Member

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    I have some carrots that I just planted a couple weeks ago. I want them to be sweet.... is there something I can add (topdress) to make them sweeter?
    Thanks,
    Mary
     
  2. bugstabber

    bugstabber Chief cook & weed puller Supporter

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    I think cold weather is supposed to make them sweeter.
     

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    Yup, definitely wait for your first frost. Carrots harvested before then will look lovely and taste like nothing at all.
     
  4. soapmakermom

    soapmakermom Well-Known Member

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    Ok... I hope I did not plant them too soon. They are tiny now. I did not want them to be exposed to too much hot weather.
    What about adding lime or wood ashes? Will that help?
    Mary
     
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    They need water to grow, so make sure they've got plenty. I think too much fertilizer will only make the green tops grow like mad - not what you're looking for. Hard to say whether they've got enough time to grow big - what zone are you in/when is your first frost?
     
  6. soapmakermom

    soapmakermom Well-Known Member

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    We are in NE Ohio, not sure what zone that is. First hard frost is usually in November. We are protected here in trees, so we don't get a hard frost as soon as some neighbors.
    I planted two raised beds, one with the shorter variety carrots and one with the longer variety, as an experiment. I worked some sand in the soil first, so they'd have plenty of room to stretch.
    Mary