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hi greenbucket,well i have been over my allotment today as i have raised beds only six feet wide though so i can get to all the sides,today i put in jerusalem artickokes.onion sets,broad beans,and befor the month is out in will go turnips,parsnips.spring onions and my early potaoes,you can grows all these in a tub,as i have befor,somethimes you have to be patient,all the other veg will go in in april,may time,raised beds are a great idea,try everything greenbucket,but carrots can take a long time,
Anyone got some advice on carrots in raised beds pleeze.
I grow Chantenay carrots - tops for flavour - last year they took all summer to develop good 'carrots' due to low temperatures and light levels - hopefully this year will be better
A member of my family is a commercial vegetable grower and said this was a common problem throughout the UK last year - carrots did not start developing until that sunny spell we had around the Olympics, and even they they were not great.
I think basically everything took a hammering last year.. That hot spell in march for 3 weeks bolted all my onions and garlic, but all the allotments had the same problem. My carrots were super slow and nothing to write home about, I think it was just the weather last year. I'm hoping it'll be better this year, good luck.
yep, it's what I do, as long as you add some more nutrients you shouldn't have any problems 'recharging' the compost. If you decide what to grow, then have a look at what it likes in detail, there's plenty of info on what to add both organic and inorganic, choice is yours.
yeah using up old compost with soil is what I do, it makes a great improver for the soil structure. My beds are made from old scaffold boards, but i dig the bottom out a further 3 or 4", never had any problems with carrrots forking or parsnips. The choice of fertiliser is up to you, organic or inorganic. Just be sure not to use manure!!!
this looks a nice site, should answer all your carrot related questions!
I mix compost with sharp sand and use either really big pots or Marshalls 'greenhouse gro-bed' I think they are 3 for £11.50ish (no I don't work for Marshalls!) I put a little organic chicken pellets in and get good carrots. The bags are about 8" /200mm high and I've had no probs with root fly.
You won't generally get good root crops from new beds, as if done properly you'll have dug in manure or some other soil improver. Carrots, parsnips etc have tap roots that go down to find nutrients, if your soil is too rich, then they won't grow downwards to find those nutrients - it's why they do well in fine, sandy soil, they are looking for 'food'.
Personally, I'd use the old compost you have, add a slow-release pelleted fertiliser (either chemical or pelleted chicken poo if you want to be organic), but I'd mix the compost with sharp sand - it's cheaper than horticultural grit, and you can buy it from a builder's merchant. I'd use about two-thirds compost to one-third sand.
Hopefully you'll get better results this year anyway. Can I ask why you've decided to go with one mega-huge raised bed, instead of several smaller ones where you can practise crop rotation? I know you can still rotate crops in the four corners of your bed, but unless you are very tall, you'll have to step inside the bed to do lots of the planting, which kind or defeats the idea of a raised bed - makes it easier to reach things, and you don't have to tread on the soil, compacting it, which won't do the soil structure any favours. Not trying to tell you how to suck eggs, I'm just really curious as to why such a big raised bed?
Ah I see! Makes sense now. I think for the front garden, I'd go for the 'pottager' style, where fruit and veg are planted amongst flowers. Carrots look pretty with their flowery foliage, beetroots have red leaves,and runner beans were originally grown by the victorians for their decorative flowers. Strawberries and tomatoes can be grown in hanging baskets.
If funds allow, I might put a greenhouse on a corner of the plot (say if your drive goes up the middle), and screen it from the road with bamboo or something (in pots, as some of it can be VERY invasive). Also if it's in pots, you can always move it if it's casting too much shadow on a greenhouse.
I'm soooo skint at the moment, thinking of auctioning off a kidney or something so I can have a shed & greenhouse!
hi greenbucket i would definatly incorperate flowers in with the veg and it wiil also keep the pests down especially marigolds and you can make it look really pretty try chard as a veg it looks after itself with deep red leaves which taste fantastic dont forget you can put peices of ginger from the supermarket in a pot just cut it up and leave it to grow,