This was the first harvest of our carrots. All sorts of colors, and they are ("were," I should say...) very sweet.
We learned a lot growing these. The ones in the photo that have a long, skinny root at the end...those could have been left in the soil longer to grow bigger. However, we needed the room in the bed for the autumn crop, so we pulled them.
The soil should be free from any clumps of dirt, rocks, or any other impediments -- IF we want long, straight produce. We got quite a few homumculi, since we didn't clear the bed beforehand. We did not hear them scream when pulled, and we didn't die (like folklore says about mandrake when harvested). Then again, they're carrots, not mandrakes.