Hi all,I am really curious to find out what happened to some of the carrots we attempted this year. I did a row of Nantes, which have been absolutely fab, and a row of White Belgian. The latter…Continue
"I just put in about 4-6 seeds in the top, cover it with about 5mm of compost, and as soon as they've germinated, whip out all but the strongest two, then when a little bigger, leave only one strong one. The seeds are fiddly though, so more is…"
"Thanks Sarah. All of the beans have gone brown and dry and I am now wondering if this is actually something that is supposed to happen - I have seen some pics of borlottis drying on the plants, and they look a bit like mine!
"Thanks guys - that's all really interesting. I could not believe how hard those white carrots were! And they were small. But still...the Nantes ones are very nice although one I pulled up yesterday looked as though the carrot fly had got it!"
"Most things generally bolt with the hot dry weather - that would make them go hard as well.
Cant remember where I read / heard this - but someone was saying carrots do better on heavier soils, as long as its not too stony (I know its against…"
"Carrots are a bit of a nightmare. I've been trying to grow some long carrots for competition and some of them bolted, I assume it was the really dry weather earlier in the year. The Amsterdam Forcing I grew in pots are all fine though if a…"
"Thanks ladies. I guess maybe these white carrots just didn't like our soil. The Nantes ones were lovely and it is odd that one variety did so well and the other did not. I wondered if there was something wrong with the seeds! I will not bother…"
"I find carrots very fussy about soil - they need a really light one to send their roots right down. Also, this year they haven't liked the sporadic rain so that could have caused them to bolt. The other problem is carrot fly which is a real…"
"At least you got some carrots. I can't get any variety of carrot to germinate on my allotment (well maybe the odd hardy soul). I keep the ground damp, I cover it with fleece and generally molly coddle them. I did get carrots to germinate in…"
Hi all,I am really curious to find out what happened to some of the carrots we attempted this year. I did a row of Nantes, which have been absolutely fab, and a row of White Belgian. The latter started flowering, and the stems got really thick. When I pulled them up the carrots were really tiny and very hard - not usable. It sort of looked like the carrots had bolted, but I am not sure why.I am a bit wary of trying them again next year, so think I will do more of the Nantes. But would love to…See More
"This year it has been the beans and courgettes! Our courgettes have been great and the runner beans are going great guns. I loved the broad beans too and some of them look to be going again. I cut them back not really knowing what I was doing and…"
"I have learnt to be careful when planting lots of courgettes without realising!
We have five courgette plants and there are only two of us (!).
At the weekend I harvested this whopper:
At the weekend I made chutney, slow-cooked courgettes and…"