While we were dashing about forming our master plan, searching high and low for some lovely seeds we thought we’d better put them to the ‘taste!’ After much debate, Amy (who logistically helps the business, before careering off on the school run) casually let it slip that lots of green adventures take place at an allotment she often frequents.
So, quicker than you can say ‘crunchy carrots’ we dispatched her off to see Mary, our ‘Allotment Guru’ dragging 4 year old Isabel along with her for the ride…
Donning their rain boots it was time to get their hands nice and dirrrrty:
Amy & Issy
Mary’s Top Tips for sowing success…
|1.||Get rid of pesky stones and manure from your soil to avoid freaky looking split carrots!|
|2.||Give each drill a drink (germination is thirsty work after all!) before you sow so the moisture is locked in.|
|3.||Cover your plants with fine mesh to keep them safe from pesky Carrot Fly.|
|4.||Seeds like their own space so sow thinly to avoid overcrowding.|
|5.||If sowing in Autumn sow seeds under cover in a greenhouse, poly tunnel or cold frame to keep them nice and toasty!|
|6.||Give your seeds a drink during heat waves (we wish!) as sudden downpours will split your carrots.|
|7.||Carrot tops gone green with envy? Don’t worry you still have healthy carrots – it’s caused by the sunlight. To avoid add more soil round the tops.|
Mary’s fave carroty snack…
Place carrots in a blender to make scrummy carrot juice – brilliant for winter sniffles (Don’t drink too much though or you’ll go orange…)
What are you grand plans for your seeds? Let us know what your action plan is on our Facebook page and we’d love to see some cheeky action snaps of your sowing and crop.