We decided as a family to try and reduce our waste and what better way then to become more self-sufficient and to have more homegrown vegetables on our table for meal times.
We rented the allotment from our local council, then we decided on what homegrown vegetables were the easiest to grow and we came up with a few one of which was the humble carrot, the only vegetable that EVERYONE in our house eats and loves so it was a winner.
I read lots of blog posts, websites, gardening books and looked at so many “how to” YouTube videos when we started on our “grow it yourself” journey. This was to ensure that my venture was a complete success. I wrote down snippets of information from all the pieces that I had read and watched on growing carrots.
The day arrived in which to plant the carrots-quick check before we leave the house,
*my list of tips and tricks for planting and being successful in carrot growing*
So off we go and Donna forgets the magic formula for growing carrots and we just couldn’t be arsed going home again packing the lads (children) back in the car so we just winged it, just as well as the famous carrot how to paper has never been seen since.
Step 1: Rake the soil- if you have one, fingers work well too.
Step 2: Sprinkle the seeds in drill you make with your finger( because you forgot the trowel if you are like me)
Step 3: Referee the 2 year old and 7 year old fighting over who gets to water (drown) the seeds.
Step 4: Water daily for few weeks and less as the enthusiasm from above children wains.
Step 5 : Wait for them to grow, debate with each about thinning out the seedlings, listen to advice from others at the allotment about thinning them also, decide against this course of action- wait for harvest.
Step 6: Mini harvests for Dinners, playschool show and tell and finally the main harvest.
Step 7: Enjoy harvest and blanch the remaining carrots for dinners in the future.
As this was our 1st planting season we learned a lot from our experience, the main thing we learned was that,
*We should have thinned out the seedlings so that the carrots have a chance to grow a little bigger in the drill.
*We should have used a carrot net to keep the carrot fly at bay-a neighbor loaned us this which was really kind.
*We should have done our main harvest a little earlier as the carrots that we harvested had some rot on the smaller carrots and these were wasted- when you grow them yourself this is heartbreaking to do.
We have learned from our mistakes and we will definitely grow carrots next year.
Would love to hear any tips or tricks from any veteran growers out there.