I've tried to grow carrots for 2 years in a row with no luck! I'm in South Western Ontario, Canada- about an hour from Detroit, MI. First year, we planted according to pkg directions, sowed directly in the ground sometime in May IIRC. The tops grew so nice and lovely, we couldn't wait to pull them up and eat them. We waited. And waited. And waited. The carrots never got any bigger than the size of my toddler's pinky finger even past harvest!? So then last year I sowed them indoors and planted them as small seedlings in the garden. They got super big, but they were all deformed- more like these bulbous fat things, all gnarly and such, they were not useable at all. What is the secret!? I am determined to have a nice yield of carrots this year, hope I'm not too late to start from seed indoors again, it need be.
Also, I tried potatoes for the first time last year. They had lots of long eyes growing on the spuds I planted- I got one small potato from the project!!?? The sun wasn't the best in that patch on that side of barn, it was the first time we planted anything there, that's the only thing I can guess. We've had tons of success with everything else we tried- tomatoes, squash, melons, watermelons, peppers, beans, berries, zucchini, cucumbers, etc. I just can't seem to figure out the carrots! I'm hoping I'll do fine with potatoes if I just move the plot to a better spot. Thanks!