this week at the house i've made a start on sowing some carrot seed. I've chosen St Valery, new to me but on the go since late 1800's, sourced here from At the Garden gate. In preparation for this i've had a raised bed at the house covered with black plastic to warm it up for a few days. Its a well worked raised bed so the soil is good and open on it, so i've just harvested the last of the leeks from it, turned it, worked in some multi purpose compost, some fish,blood and bone meal and then sowed some seed.
The reason i'm doing broadcast sowing instead of nice neat lines as last year I found this worked best for me, after 12 weeks or more I can thin them out, pulling out the wee tasty ones, leaving others to grow on, and after 12 more weeks i'll repeat the process, each time reducing the number of carrots in the beds. To deal with pesky roto fly, everytime I thin I'll spray with some garlic water... By boradcast sowing like this i'll get less weeds to i'll have less weeding, so less chance fo bruising foliages and encouraging root fly...
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