The Q&A Archives: Bland Carrots

Question: For several years now the carrots from our garden have tasted flavorless. Last year we planted several varieties, and all were bland. We started our seeds in May, and it was a mild summer. We are wondering if something is missing in our soil, although all of our other crops seemed OK. Any ideas?

Answer: You are right to think about your soil--a crop of carrots can deplete a soil of nutrients, so be sure to rotate crops in your garden, rather than planting carrots in the same place year after year. Following are a few factors that might be affecting the sweetness and taste of your carrots. <br><br>1. Overfertilization with nitrogen. Use a relatively low nitrogen fertilizer like 5-10-10.<br><br>2. Prolonged hot weather. Carrots prefer cooler weather; they can even stand light shade during the hottest partof the day.<br><br>3. Improper soil pH. You might want to have your soil tested, to check pH, available phosphorus, and potassium. If you need to raise pH and magnesium levels are low, use dolomitic limestone.<br><br>4. Low soil organic matter--add lots of compost to the bed to increase soil humus.<br><br>Hopefully next year's carrots will be more flavorful! <br><br>

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