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Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 08:31

Thanks for the tips. I'll start them a little earlier next year then and pay them more attention. Much appreciated advice as always. 

Busy, busy, busy

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 08:20

Poor dogs.  If they're not being walked they must be desperate to get outside. It's so cruel. I wish people wouldn't have animals if they can't or won't look after them properly. 

Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 22:27

Thanks. How long do they need in the ground though? Do folks ever leave them in more than a year?

December sprouting?

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 22:39

ive heard that anything fruit that has flowers, like strawberry plants, should be dealt with by removing the flower and it will right itself later on. But flowers with buds should just be enjoyed, especially larger buds, as if they're removed you'll just lose the flower. Not sure if this is right though. 

December sprouting?

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 20:26

On our local radio gardening show this morning, there was talk of a really cold February. 

Who knows what it'll do, but lots of things in the garden definately seem to be out of kilter. 

What passes you by?

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:23

I love a cup of coffee made with milk, skimmed this time of year! whenever we'd go for picnics Dad would make a flask of it, with sugar too. A real treat and it still evokes very fond childhood memories

I recently discovered that if I want such a thing at work (in the very trendy coffee bar that the company subsidise for employees) I need to:

A) First speak to the bank manager about a loan

B) Give myself 40 minutes to wait in the queue and a further 40 minutes for the 'creation'

C) Request a 'skinny, flat, wet latte, with extra heat' - this MUST be said quickly, and with conviction otherwise they ask you to repeat it and magically make you feel like a complete wally. 

D) Remember to bring a wheelbarrow to carry the bucket sized paper cup back to my desk.

E) Remeber to bring oven gloves to limit the burn from the paper cup which has no handle.

F) Arrive back at my desk to face the crowd of angry faces because i didn't offer to get a 'round' in (this would mean a mortgage and not a loan).

G) Drink said concoction - every last drop to get my monies worth, and feel bloated and sick for 5 hours due to over consumption.

H) Vow never to get another coffee from the trendy cafe bar at work.

Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 10:55

Thanks again.

Does it help if they are in a sunny patch or do they do ok with some shade? My growing patches are to the rear of my house and it doesn't get a lot of sun until later on in the year.... perhaps that's the issue too. 


Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 09:33

Thanks Verdun. I'll give your method a go. how far apart do you tend to sow them? I think I might be guilty of over crowding a little.

Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 19:42

Evening all,

Please may I ask about carrots? I pulled some today, and whilst they are 'OK' they wouldn't win any prizes. I planted them in late spring. 

I want to enter them into the village show next year. What's the trick to getting good carrots? I know to grow them in gritty soil to get straight ones. They just seem to take so long to get to my kind of average size. I've been growing in a deep raised bed. Is it about the feed and watering? 

Thanks muchly 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/12/2015 at 08:50

All of the Christmas shenanigans are getting a bit much today so I'd like nothing more than to potter about outside in the garden.  I picked some pelargoniums yesterday and did a little vase which is very cheerful.  Also went to the garden centre yesterday and they have seed potatoes in. Is a bit early for them or are folks chitting already?

Daffs are poking through. Might clean some labels off, and wash some pots. 

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