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swetha
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September 20, 2014 - 8:05 am
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Hi,

I tried growing carrots and beets but it was a failed attempt.I feel that my soil mixture was not correct,I had mixed some coir pith and red soil for growing them.What is the correct soil composition for growing carrots and beets.
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geekgardener
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The good mix for carrot should have compost soil cocopeat in equal ratio. I would only use soil if it is really good, otherwise you can do away with it.

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Carrots need a sandy soil, which makes it loose enough for them to expand and grow in the pot. I also tried a compost-cocopith 50=50 combination for my carrots and radishes, and while they grew, they were misshapen and not as fat as they could have been. So I removed some of the potting soil and mixed in some sand (washed and dried and sifted) and some rice husk ash, or even wood ash. Both these make the potting soil loose, and the radishes are growing better this time.
You can wash the sand by putting it in a pillowcase, and holding a pipe into it until the water runs clean.

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