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Paul, most root crops (especially carrots) don't like to be disturbed once they start growing so it's best to sow them in situ. They're easy to grow in deep containers like flower buckets if you are short of space.
Now you know why we do it. It is very enjoyable. Glad you've got the bug. Sowed 2 variety of carrots today in the cardboard tubes from loo rolls and they are in the greenhouse until I can pop them in the ground undisturbed. Lost all mine sown direct last year, so trying this before giving up completely :)
@debbie: yeah I'm really starting to get into it and seeing things starting to happen is also so exciting. Over the next few weeks/months I think I'm doomed! ;)
OK I am not growing in a seed tray....it's in a container I just sowed too many seed in there so I've changed the post to remove not pick.
So the ones I remove will just be destroyed, I'm just wanting to free up some room for the ones I feel are looking better etc.
I would not sow carrots into a seed tray
The best compost takes at last 6 months as long as it gets hot enough. Anything over that is a bonus as it gets better with age. Just emptied my 'dalek' which had been left since October and it was boooooooootiful :)
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