It’s Friday afternoon here in Chipping Norton, and I’ve just made a BIG discovery! Our carrots seeds are sprouting away in the airing cupboard. The 2nd stage of our ‘Good Life’ carrot experiment will be underway tomorrow on the allotment.
We’re going to make up some of the noxious Fibogel and mix in the sprouted carrot seeds. The gluey jollop will then be piped (using a cook’s piping bag) into drills on the allotment. The theory being of course, the seeds will be spread more thinly and the germination rate increases.
We are going to be super-organised this year with our carrots. Our first venture into carrot growing in 2008 wasn’t a great success. Despite planting lots of onions and leeks beside them, those darned carrot flies did a lot of damage.
Last year we invested in some mesh and enclosed the beds, in an effort to keep the little blighters out. Unfortunately, me and my sewing machine were a bit tardy in making the enclosures, and we did leave it a bit late. But the damage wasn’t so great as the year before.
This year, the mesh enclosures are going up as soon as the seeds are in the ground. We’re also going to plant the carrots well away from the hedgerow, which is at higher level than the plot. If everything we read about carrot flies is true, we suspect they took at run at it and glided in over the mesh. But if you’ve ever experienced the wonderful smell of fresh carrots … you wouldn’t be able to blame them for trying!