Monday 21 August 2017

Can You Have Too Much Of A Good Thing?

Last years carrots were rubbish. They didn't germinate, the weeds got on top of the second sowing which was too late.  I thought of giving up on growing carrots.  Instead this year I grew 4 times as many using fresh seed, fed the soil in advance, staggering the sowing, and lifting the protective net to weed and thin. Add to these factors the early dry spell and subsequent rainfall in June, July and August.  Result:  a bumper crop of cylindrical roots coming up clean without root fly tunnelling or forking.  I think I've cracked it.   For the first time after harvesting today I am having doubts that I may have overdone things.  But then you can't have too much of a good thing!

Good Thing


  1. Don't become too complacent. Our carrots grew great for years. Fir the last couple of years the slugs have had most of them as they have germinated.

    1. I think the dry start helped with that particular problem. I am currently considering the point at which I should lift some of the main crop to protect it from frost and pests and how I should store them - probably in sand. It's not a problem I have had before. To date supply has never exceeded demand before the onset of winter!