Sunday, 12 May 2013

Carrot Temple

Carrot Net
I've just been rained off the allotment so I thought I would take the opportunity to share my latest acquisition: a whacking great carrot net.  The supporting frame is made up from cannibalised "Malk In Greenhouse" parts.  (Although the zips break,  plastic sheeting rips and the design is unstable, the metal rods and plastic corner joints are good Meccano material).  Bricks, once again, prove to be the gardeners flexible friend!  Organic carrots are our most frequent grocery purchase, so I am determined to grow more of them as home grown organic is another step up again.

In the foreground you might just be able to see tiny parsnip plants.  These have been grown in cardboard tubes (yes, toilet rolls) at home to allow enough depth and seem happy to be planted out, hopefully before the roots noticed that they ran out of space and decided to fork in protest.  We shall see.  But they look happy a week on.  The autumn planted alliums are in the background and are putting on  a spring spurt.

Now if only it would stop raining...

11 comments:

  1. It looks like a relative of our carrot tent! But ours is more secular! ;)

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    1. It's a step up from my usual carrot tunnel, but just a kid brother to your marquee, Sue. But I am fervent about it.

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  2. I need a big tall Tomato cathedral... I planted out my tomatoes a few days ago; they are now in huge pots with 6-foot canes. Not very portable any more, so I can't bring them indoors any more, which is unfortunate, having just seen the weather forecast for the next few days, which mentions temps as low as 2C! Is this May or February???

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    1. Hope your tomato plants are holding up Mark. Here's a link (I hope) to the demise of my tomato cathedral last year:

      http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fsnkBQvJ3GM/T-bnZrsf4yI/AAAAAAAACaY/1Se7u5CdUE8/s640/IMG_2924.JPG

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  3. I think I may have to try growing Parsnips that way if this weather doesn't warm up soon.

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    1. You really intend to grow parsnips instead of neeps???

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  4. Lets hope you don't get any more snow, the roof looks vulnerable!

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    1. You're just joking aren't you....








      ... AREN'T YOU?

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  5. We need the rain Mal so stop complaining!! I have put my carrots in tubs but not sown to the ground yet, I had a really poor crop last year so I am hoping for better this year...not that I personally care as I don't like them very much!!

    Your cage is a work of art. I have to confess that I just leave mine to fend for themselves!!

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  6. Great tent! I'm planning a similar construction for my carrots to keep the dreaded carrot fly out, not sure it will be as good as yours though.

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  7. Can't wait to see if those Parsnips grow well, it's got to be a better way of growing them if they do - I haven't even got my seed going yet!
    You're right about the bricks, only problem for me is that they're as rare as rocking horse do do's up here, I have to use blocks and they weigh a ruddy ton.
    Great tent, I may have to consider one myself.

    Linda - The Tenacious Gardener

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