However we can withdraw our support from such operators, shun the $1.50 a kg carrots and grow way safer, tastier and more nutrient dense carrots with Earth care as our priority in the following manner:
First "chook" the area to weed and fertilise,
|I dont mind leaving some old brocoli or chard plants for shade. They will sprout chook food again too.|
or that lovely floating row cover white stuff . This is worth the expense. You can water through it, it keeps stray creatures off the emerging carrots which by now represent a lot of time and effort on your part, it lasts and can be re used many times. See John's online shop here.
I water the bed once a day for 2 weeks, by which time the hessian or old sheets should be lifted off as most carrots should be just visible.
Carrots do do better for me in good soil unlike what all the books say. Maybe they fail for me in sandy soil they recommend, perhaps because our sandy soil just too easily dries out .
Weed your carrots while they are small and also thin them out where crowded and eat the tiny things in salads. I plant radishes with my carrots as companion planting is the go and if the carrots fail I will at least get something .
I find if you baby your carrots with daily weeding and water for the first few weeks then they are easy peasey after that, just needing a deep water once a week. The mulch means weeding isn't too bad and soil doesn't dry out between irrigations.