This probably seems pathetic to many gardeners but I have finally managed to grow some carrots. It is a crop which has eluded me for the best part of 30 years of growing at least some food crops.
Some of my earliest memories are of the carrots growing in my grandfather’s vegetable garden. Carrots were one of the vegetables that my parent’s grew also.
So why is it so difficult to grow carrots? The seed is very fine and can easily dry out, blow away or be taken by birds. Whatever the reason, I have been unable to even get them to germinate previously. Then there is the issue of the soil. It needs to be a bit on the sandy side, well-drained and definitely no rocks or you can end up with some strangely shaped carrots. Mind you, I was so desperate to at least have carrots growing that I could not have cared less about them being misshapen.
When I sowed carrot seeds a couple of months ago I covered them with a few layers of damp newspaper until they had germinated and this seemed to do the trick.
These are the carrots I picked today. They are really just a few that I pulled to thin them out. They are still smaller than the beans that are also from the garden and I can almost hear my grandfather telling me that the soil is too rich in nutrients as they have all gone to the tops. I know, I know……..but at least I have carrots. I am so proud of myself. The beans and carrots were eaten for dinner.
We have been busy putting the strainer wires up for the fencing on the chicken run today. Tomorrow we hope to attach at least some of the chicken wire and also assemble the coop which we bought. It is currently still in the 2 flat pack boxes in the garage.
I am looking forward to the day when the fencing is all done and the remainder of the raised garden beds are built and then hopefully I will be able to concentrate on improving the results of my vegetable gardening efforts.