My carrots are one of the crops which seem to be blissfully unaware of the cool temperatures we have been experiencing of late and have, in sharp contrast to other crops, put on huge amounts of growth in the last couple of weeks. I have two beds with carrots in this year, sown a couple of months apart, to allow for a longer harvest and within the beds themselves, the sowing of the rows has also been staggered by a few weeks, for the same reason but now both beds have a heart warming number of carrots, at various stages of development and some thinning out needed to be done. Continue reading
Everything is aching today, fingers, thumbs, the palms of my hands. Wrists, arms and shoulders, not forgetting my back, legs and even the soles of my feet (although they may be due to my worn out boots)! Nevertheless, when I say everything, I mean everything. Continue reading
Underneath the netting in a sunny corner of the garden, exciting things are happening: carrots and peas sown in excited anticipation by the younger Mudlets, are growing in abundance. In fact, so successful was the germination of the carrot seeds that some serious thinning out needs doing and as for the peas, well between them they managed a good spacing with eight neatish rows, containing around 50 pea seedlings.
Most mornings during spring and summer, I wonder down to the vegetable patch to check on my seedlings and plants. I peer into the raised beds through the netting, glance around at the normal beds and the planters and then open up the greenhouses, checking that all is well. One morning earlier this week, as I surveyed my newly emerged seedlings through the netting on the raised beds, I realised that whilst there were a goodly number of lettuce, carrots, beetroots and parsnips through, there were still some gaps in the rows where germination had not occurred.
Carrots flower in their second year and so the method for seed saving detailed on the Real Seed website was to leave two or three carrots in the bed, as these would die back over winter, then grow back this spring, would eventually flower, producing seed which could then be collected.
7th February 2014
Sown direct: 30th Match 2014
First Seedling: 19th April 2014 (approx)
Germination: 20 days
Germination ratio: N/A
The is described as being ‘Sweet, good for winter storage‘ and so I am looking forward to tasting these carrots in due course.
So what happens to the garden and vegetables during the summer? Continue reading
Each year about this time, I sow some carrot seeds in a tub, in the greenhouse. Actually this year I’m a few weeks earlier than normal because experience has taught me that the longer I can have them growing before the first frost the better the result (which isn’t that much of a surprise when I think about it). The aim is to have fresh, homegrown carrots, alongside freshly pulled parsnip, leeks, stored and cured winter squash and blanched and frozen Runner and Climbing beans with Christmas Dinner. If I have some potatoes left for roasties then that will be an added bonus. Continue reading