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Sieving A Bed for Carrots

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 00:10

Hiya fidget.  Yes my crowbar carrots were free from carrot fly.

I may grow them again this year....just a row.  

What perennials are ŷou currently obsessed about for next year?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 00:05

Mark, do you like hemerocallis?      Not my fav plant but I have a couple of good ones, mainly a vsriegated variety.  Any tips for growing them well?  


Posted: 26/12/2013 at 21:08

So, Stacey, it was YOU who bought that one.  Love Toblerone so ill help you with it   

Good news Dove. 

What perennials are ŷou currently obsessed about for next year?

Posted: 26/12/2013 at 18:38

That sounds quite exciting bob.  You may have a gem or two there.

Happy Xmas to you too.  


Posted: 26/12/2013 at 18:33

Good luck tomorrow John.   Dove is quiet...hope she's had good news

Storm is now here after a relatively nice day.  Wind howling and heavy rain.  Yet we are supposed not to get the worst of it...! 

we are used to gales and mild temps and no sign of really cold weather yet 

Small Dahlia Tubers

Posted: 26/12/2013 at 18:28

Watch out that those small tubers dont dry out too much.  Larger tubers have enough moisture in them to survive winter but those tiddlers should be potted up in early spring.  It's a fine balance ...keeping them alive with some moisture yet not letting them get wet     Small tubers that totally dry out will usually perish

Talkback: How to winter-prune trees and shrubs

Posted: 26/12/2013 at 18:17

Early spring smiler

Sieving A Bed for Carrots

Posted: 26/12/2013 at 18:11

I have done the steel rod method advocated by John.   I called it my "crowbar" carrots.  Did it years ago as an experiment.  Deep holes were made and a mixture of sieved soil, compost and blood fish and bone were poured into them.  Two seeds per station. Then one removed after germination.  

I had great fun when harvesting them.  If people were about I would go to my crowbar carrots and simply pull one out of the ground (they came easily). They were huge.  They were just as tasty.  They weren't those long thin roots you see from those competition growers.....they were long, full edible carrots.  My remark when pulling was "oh, it's just a small one" as I dangled my giant carrot. 

So, Newboy, ??ou could do this too for fun and for food.  Your worries about "forking" carrots etc would disappear.  But more work though than simply sowing carrot seed.  I would miss out on my baby carrot thinnings though too.

Tidy or mulch?

Posted: 26/12/2013 at 18:02

I tidy up.  Removing old leaves helps prevent disease and overwintering pests.  Mulch tho if you can.  Clean ground discourages slugs etc.  new growth ...ESP flower buds from soil level as with hellebores......can be seen and enjoyed.    Old leaves, if not diseased, are best on the compost heap.  Clean soil helps birds "see" their food supply too.....maybe control future caterpillar damage.  For me?  I like to see clean ground over winter whether mulched or unmulched.  

Sow Some Veg Together - Confuse A Carrot Fly !!

Posted: 26/12/2013 at 11:50

The finer your soil the better your carrots will be Newboy ....hmmmmm, I can taste my carrots already 

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