As I may have mentioned before, I was late planting my carrots. As in they didn't get planted until mid-November, if I remember correctly. They took forever to germinate (as carrots do) and the tops grew to about 3-4" high and that was it. They went dormant for the winter. The carrots themselves were about 4" long but very pale orange. They had a strong carrot taste. Once the days started getting longer and the temps started warming, I was sure they'd start growing again.
Except they didn't.
But since I didn't need the space, I left them there. And the occasional check revealed that the carrots themselves were getting thicker even if their tops weren't doing anything.
Today I actually harvested some, and while a couple were stunted and small, I was pleasantly surprised at the haul. I've got about 12 square feet planted, and this is what grew in about 2 sq. feet. Still plenty left to tide us through until the spring harvest.
They are Danvers Half Long, and according to the package they are 6-8" long which most of mine were. I got the seeds free from the Master Gardeners at a fair last fall, so these are absolutely no-cost organic carrots. I have always loved free food. Once upon a time in my life, it was processed stuff from couponing that I was bringing home for free. I much prefer being able to step out to the garden and bringing home produce, instead!