Another gorgeous day today. Apparently we’re in for a couple of weeks of what they like to call “An Indian Summer”. Not sure why they call it that. If it happens at any other time of the year they just call it “A Sunny Few Days”. Anyway, I won’t knock it while it’s here, what ever people call it. I spent about 3 and a half hours on my plot today which was great fun. I harvested a load of Carrots (Lottie and Dottie would be very proud), some orange and others purple. I was getting a little disappointed as I was pulling up my Carrots because they were all lovely and straight. This doesn’t usually happen. One year I managed to get some wonderfully bizarre shaped Carrots. Clearly I’ve done something terribly wrong this year, don’t worry I’ll try not to repeat it next year. So there I was pulling away, and because the soil was damp and soft they were coming up very easily. Then suddenly I tried to pull one up and it wouldn’t come up. I got very excited because I was hoping for a “Claire’s Allotment shaped” carrots. Sure enough, up it came cuddling with another carrot. I think if I’d left them in any longer they may have had carrot babies.
I then harvested some lovely colourful Radish. and again some were rather odd in shape. Some has split due to a load of rain that had fallen a couple of weeks ago, and others were fine. They range from purple, red, pink, orange, yellow and white, so they’ll look wonderful in a salad. Then I spent the rest of the time weeding another bed. I’ve got about half way through it, but will continue tomorrow. There are a few bits and pieces to harvest, but nothing major. So all in all a good load of carrots harvested today, this should keep us going for a little while, and in a couple of weeks time I’ll check the rest of the carrots and harvest some more.
Oh and the Pumpkins are growing well, but you’ll have to wait for a bit to see those!!
How long will we have to wait to find out about the pumpkin?
Not long, about another 3 or 4 weeks I’d say.
how do you deal with carrot fly , we harvest our carrots in one go blanch freeze next year we going to grow some in a old plastic water tank on bricks so in theory be too high for carrot fly happy gardening claire love you karma sutra carrot picture lol
Carrots fly can be dealt with in various ways. They don’t fly above about 18 inches so you can either sow your carrots in an old bath (not the one you use on a daily basis), or wrap some very fine mesh round an area. Or you can do what I do and sow alternate rows of Carrots and Onions, Shallots or Garlic. Each deters the fly from the other. Works perfectly every time.