Carrot's and Parsnips - Permanent bed?

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cudders

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Carrot's and Parsnips - Permanent bed?
« on: January 20, 2008, 20:08 »
Hi Chaps,

Is it safe to plant carrots and parsnips in a permanent raised bed?

Was thinking of maybe one or two just to get deep and de-stoned soil. No point if I need to rotate every year..

Ta,  Cudders

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Sally A

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Carrot's and Parsnips - Permanent bed?
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2008, 20:14 »
this has been mentioned before - I think the general consensus was Yes you can, but it's adviseable to ditch and replace half of the soil each year, and give it a good mix in.

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splodger

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Carrot's and Parsnips - Permanent bed?
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2008, 20:15 »
rotation is advised  :wink:

i riddle an extra bed each year - and make it just for deep rooters - that way i have no pressure in doing it all at once  :wink:

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Trillium

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Carrot's and Parsnips - Permanent bed?
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2008, 20:16 »
We rotate ours every year even though we don't have the carrot fly problem the UK has. It's just better plant/soil hygiene. Plus, the carrots like to follow manuring rotation - not too much and not too little. They'll use up their fair share.

I can understand why you'd want to set up a permanent carrot bed, but carrot fly eggs could get very established knowing they'd have a regular host to feed from. Even the show pros change the contents of their special grow bins every year. Check the Medwyn Williams articles on this site.



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