Remove weakest seedling. Keep well watered but not too wet.
Growing on - in Pots
Not generally recommended but there's nothing to stop you
trying provided you have very large and deep containers.
Growing on - in open ground
Harden off plants and finally move outdoors in May or June
once all danger of frost has passed. Plant out in rows
or blocks 37cm/18" apart each way. Plant firmly, water in
and be sure not to bury the crowns though the stem base
should be at ground level.
Keep weed free.
Remove side shoots then from mid-summer start removing the
lower leaves to expose the bulb.
In late September, draw the surrounding soil up around the
Begin lifting the bulbs from October, but aim at
growing the bulbs to maximum size (about 12cm/5") as neither
the texture or taste deteriorate. Continue lifting until
spring. Covering the bulbs with straw or fleece will help
lifting from frozen ground much easier.
Carrot Root Fly
First sign is that the carrot leaves may look a reddish rust
colour. Lifted carrots have small holes and short white maggots
None once infected
Organic 1. Companion Planting
2. Prevent the fly getting to the carrots by erecting barriers
about 45cm/18" high around the rows or beds, using stakes and
polythene sheeting or fleece.
3. Sow carrot fly resistant varieties such as "flyaway" or "Sytan". Chemical Apply an insecticide containing
Brown blisters in leaves
Organic Pinch out and destroy blistered leaves Chemical Spray with an insecticide containing Malathion
Grow under garden fleece or fine mesh
Young leaves are eaten - sometimes completely missing
1. Sink small pots filled with beer to ground level. Empty daily
2. Sprinkle slugs with table salt Chemical
Use slug pellets
Create a bio-diverse environment by planting flowers
nearby to attract bees, ladybirds and other "friendlies". To learn more about companion planting click
In the Kitchen
to harvest when you are ready to use. Keeps for 4-7
days in a cool, dark dry place or refrigerator. Twist off the leaves before storing for any
length of time. Can also be stored in sturdy boxes between layers of
damp peat and kept in the garage or shed.
Wash in cold water. Cut a thin slice from each end then thickly
peel to remove the skin and reveal the white centre. drop into
acidulated water or rub with lemon juice to prevent discolouration.
Chunks, slices or Cubes = 40 - 60 minutes
Chunks, slices or Cubes = 15 - 20 minutes
Par-boil Cubes or slices or grate first = 5-8
Chunks, slices or Cubes = 20 - 25 minutes
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