Wednesday 24th April 2013 – Sunglasses aren’t just for protecting your eyes against the sun.

This morning I was a busy bee up the allotment. Firstly I finished digging the bed where the carrots were going in. I’ve sown “Rainbow F1 Hybrid” and “Cosmic Colour Collection”. Then I had a little space left, so I sowed another line of “Jutrzenka” Radish. It’s getting to the stage where the ground is getting dry, so as I’m going along, I’m watering various beds, then covering them with a thin layer of horse manure. Lots of my little seedlings are coming up now, my sugar snaps, salsify and radish just to mention a few. I then dug over what used to be a small path to put in 3 good sized Gooseberry bushes that my sister gave me. When planting them in the ground it was necessary to wear my sunglasses as the thorns and branches are long and prickly. That makes 5 gooseberry bushes I have now, so hopefully I’ll get loads of fruit to make loads of jam. It’s all starting to take shape now, which is great. It’s been another glorious day down in the SE, 19 degrees. Sorry if it’s not as good where you live, but we’re due rain on friday.

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5 Responses to Wednesday 24th April 2013 – Sunglasses aren’t just for protecting your eyes against the sun.

  1. lindasgarden says:

    Reblogged this on Linda's New Garden & Wildlife Journey and commented:
    awesome post

  2. We’re weeks behind you up here in Yorkshire. Still waiting for first fruit blossom. Like yo though we could do with some rain. Will you be wearing your sunglasses to pick the gooseberries?

  3. Marco Ferro says:

    Hi claire,
    How do you protect your carrots from carrot fly?

    • The carrot fly are only attracted when you disturb the soil round the carrots, so be very careful when weeding.
      There are several ways in which you can help deter them, firstly sow a line of onions or garlic in between the carrot line. The smell from each deters the fly from the other.
      Also if you boil a whole head of garlic until it’s soft in a large saucepan of water, then mash up, and sieve the water through a fine mesh, you can dilute the garlic water and spray on the carrots. It has the same effect.
      Hope this helps,
      Claire

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