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So all of my fresh carrots that I pulled up are soft and not hard. Any ideas why that would be? They have been that way all along. Thanks for any help.
 
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How's your water?
 
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Do you mean is the ground dry? We have not had any significant rain for a few weeks and its been hot, but early on when it was not so hot and more rain it was the same issue.
 
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Must've been late, I slipped into local vernacular!
Lack of irrigation would be what I'd imagine.
 
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OK no problem, I understand!!

That might be the case because I don't water, just rely on rainwater. I grow mine in a hugelkultur style bed. Is watering them hard a few days before pulling them sufficient or should I just leave them be? I just don't know if they will go bad or if it just means they will be soft forever. Since we are going to grind them up for baby food, it doesnt need to be hard.
 
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I think you'll find a good watering will crisp them up.
Is the flavour ok? Carrots can taste a bit, for want of a better adjective, 'carrot-toppy' and bitter if they're water-stressed.
Not necessarily a problem, but keep it in mind, especially if there's a baby's taste-buds involved!
 
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Yes that is exactly what is happening...more of a chemical taste then usual. Thanks for your help, I had a hard time finding the answer to this online for some reason.
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