Carrots 'Early Nantes': First harvest
Sunday, 08 Jul 12 Partly Sunny 18°C / 64°F
Today I harvested a few roots of my Carrots ‘Early Nantes’ that have been growing on my allotment, Plot 12A, for the last 3 months.
Back in May I prepared a deep narrow raised bed with loose soil into which I dug a lot of well rotted compost with the idea of maintaining the soil damp but well drained. I’d started the seeds off in the greenhouse & once the seedlings were putting out their true leaves I planted them in my allotment.
I have tried to make sure they were weed free as much as possible & I watered them several times when we had a few warm days, (not very many of those during the last 3 months!). I was reasonably happy with their growth but I had noticed during the last few weeks that they seemed to be pushing their shoulders out of the soil. So today I thought I would lift a few to see how they are getting on. I was disappointed to find that, in spite of my efforts to get a deep, loose soil with plenty of humus, they had become twisted & split!
What more can I do – short of removing all the soil & putting only compost in to take its place? I’d loosened the soil down to a fork’s depth, about 30cm/12" & mixed garden compost in to keep it loose & to keep it humid during the summer.
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