Twice now, I have planted carrots. Twice I have failed. You would think, by looking at this picture that I did a fine job.
They look great. Most of them were nearly straight. That means I got the soil composition right.
What you can't do is taste them. They taste awful. They taste just exactly like you'd imagine dirt would taste. Not a hint of the magical sweetness that homegrown carrots should possess.
I spent over 2.5 months babying these carrots. Water, bug deterrents, and liquid seaweed feedings. The very same thing happened last year.
Just last week, I came upon an article that said early heat waves over 90+ degrees can cause carrots to be bitter. Sure enough! We've had several days well over 90*.
I will try carrots one more year, and plant them earlier than suggested. After that, I give up. The carrots from my CSA are amazing. I can concede defeat if someone else has already won the battle.