Nothing bets watching those beautifully vibrant green carrot leaves grow, knowing that just below the surface, magic is taking place. Then the great moment arrives when, with slight apprehension, you take a deep breath, pull and out comes a perfectly formed tasty carrot ready to be shredded into a salad or lightly sautéed with butter and fresh herbs.
Life is like a box of carrots, you never know what you’re gonna get.
Unfortunately, sometimes this moment is quite different to the one described above. The deep breath is the same; the pulling action is the same but instead of the perfectly formed carrot something that resembles an alien from a distant planet takes its place. You may momentarily find humour in the whole experience trying to see what your twisted crooked carrot might look like (“Oh look! This one looks like a person dancing! This one looks like a hand!”). Once the giggles have died down though, you are left feeling discouraged and scratching your head wondering what went wrong.
Carrots are actually easy to grow but there are some basic rules that must be followed for a successful crop.