When you tend to your little veggies and watch them grow daily they start to become your babies. The excitement you feel when you see a little green stalk sprout is indescribable. This excitement is heightened when you see your first edible thing no matter how big it is. So you can imagine how emotional I get when I see my plants are dying.
My gardening partner without my consent decided to transplant some carrots after seeing they were very bunched together. Thank god he didn’t transplant all of them. They seemed to be doing alright in the evening however the next day the green tops of the carrots had wilted and they weren’t looking very happy.
The truth is carrots don’t like to be moved. It is preferred carrots are seeded and not transplanted. If transplanted they are likely to developed forked roots if not transplanted well. Personally, I avoid transplanting them mainly because of the Australian Sun. However if your in a cooler climate I would give transplanting a try. After all experimenting is the key to success in any garden.
The best thing to do is let them grow until they reach a reasonable size and then thin them. To thin, hold the plant at soil level and firmly remove the entire plant from the soil. Then mound more soil around the roots you don’t want to leave the tops of the carrots (the orange parts) exposed to sunlight. Remove the weakest ones first then those sneaky ones that are growing right on top of each other.
I will have to keep you updated on whether or not those transplanted carrots survive in the heat and looking at those photos I probably need to do some more thinning. Feel free to subscribe to my blog if you enjoyed reading this post.