the picture above is a bit extreme but if you grow them to eat or to show it is worth protecting them fleese approx £6 roll from any diy / garden centre.
always provide a cover for your carrots with fleese, either a barrier of approx 18-20 inchs high providing completle barrier around your carrots growing area, and last year we giving them away in bunches due to the crop being so good it also provides a micro climate giving it a slightly better protection from the wind.
long carrots and long parsnips growing in 205 litre blue plastic drums with the top and bottom cut of filled with sand -boring out seven holes per drum with 3 in drain pipe filling each hole with a mix of one part compost finly sived one part sand one part soil finely sived.
shorter stump carrots grow in blue barrels cut in half - sweet candle .
what lovely carrots. do you grow much for show? the soil on my allotment isn't suitable for carrots i heavily manure it as its very heavy clay i'm on my 5th or 6th year and its had a 6 inch layer of manure and a load of compost last year and i'm part way through applying another 6 inch layer of manure this weekend. the only real successes on the allotment so far have been potatoes and cabbages, the conditions for anything else is too dry and the clay is rock hard.
it was my first year at growing veg for a couple of local shows.
although i have had my allotment approx same time as your self.
i grow alot of diffent veg ranging from asparigus to artichokes cauliflowers basically everything.
part of the challange is to grow something new of master growing something- you cant beat the look of others on the allotment when you produce a perfect large cauliflower etc.
carrots are something that you have to prepare the ground well.
growing on heavey clay ground is hard work but the more you add to it the better it will come ad some grass cuttings leaf mold etc.