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Hi i need advice please on what is meant by " River Sand?" as i was told that is what i have to fill a dust bin with , then create long , deep cone shaped drills and fill them with John Innes no.3, in order to get carrots long enough to enter a local show. I have never tried anything like this before so, any tips would be great , thanks Ruth
Ruth, horticultural sand from the local garden centre will do the same job, or you could use sieved soil. The way I`ve grown them before is to make the conical holes, with an iron bar in the garden. The holes need to be about 3ft or 1m deep, I then filled the holes with sieved general purpose compost. When you`ve done that, sow 4 or 5 seeds per hole. Thin out the weakest ones and leave the strongest to give you your prize winning carrots.
daituom. THANK YOU.
Its always shows when there is a grow for show person here.. I had to stretch from 45 gallon drums to taller specialised plastic tubes with hinges on the side for watering out at show time. (just for the long ones)
connie77. I use river sand/grit for everything. I just count myself luck that i can get it, as Some can't. If you find a outcrop of stones at a river edge then in between the stones is grit.( this is often in faster flowing water) about the size of a match head and smaller. If you look just below the stones (down stream) you will find sand, in spread out beds just like a beach, more often than not on the other side of the river. Grit is great for lawns and Mediterranean plants (herbs) or anything that needs dry soil. The sand, i just use as a general mix with new compost and things with long root systems. Its more to do with the mineral qualities. If you can't get it then look out for quarry dust. It is good stuff.
Hi , thanks everyone for the info and help, might just stick to Daituoms idea for now, as my council would frown on me i'm sure for digging around in river beds ! & the fact i volunteer with a conservation group? it wouldn't look good, lol!