Anyways...this is what my carrots are supposed to look like.
And, here's what they ended up looking like....
"How", you ask? Aren't carrots supposed to be easy to grow??? Well, because I was so desperate to have a perfect pile of brightly colored carrots, I babied the crumbs out of these little seeds. The hubby thought I was nuts, but I was bent on getting a flawless pile of bright carrots just like the catalog showed. So, I planted each little seed in it's own individual peet pellet. Well, I take that back, two seeds...just for good measure. I mean, what if I just put one and it didn't germinate? Then, I would be a week or maybe two behind on the planting schedule and that would mess everything up, right?!?!?
When each tiny sprout (or two) poked it's head out into daylight, I paid extra attention, keeping it watered and facing the sunshine. As they began to outgrow their pellets, they got transplanted into bigger pots and babied some more. Then, when the weather was just right, and the seedlings were big enough to hold their own, we planted them in the front yard.
Well, apparently, the thin mesh holding the peet pellet together doesn't really dissolve like we thought it did. We've just never tried them out on root veggies before, so we have never pulled something small out of the ground that had been grown in one. My poor carrots were grown around and under and in the mesh...it was so ugly!!
The moral of the story...sometimes you have to just put the carrot seeds in the ground and let them grow. A lesson on not trying to control everything for me, and two points for the hubby :)