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Carrot Trouble

Poorly Carrots

I notice we have carrot problems which is a shame as we have just started pulling them although I think the actual carrot under the soil is fine.  Looking in my book “The Vegetable & Herb Expert” by Dr. D G Hessayon (a great series of books these “Expert” series) it looks to be Carrot-Willow Aphid, greenfly.  For some reason our garden is covered in blackfly and it looks like greenfly too.  I don’t believe I have seen so many before, I wonder if this is to do with the constant hot and sometimes very humid weather.   The distorted leaves suggest aphids which it goes on to warn about the more serious transmission of motley dwarf virus which discolours the leaves.  It goes on to say growth will be distorted if the attack is in the seedling stage, good fortune for us then that it has just taken hold now.

I suppose it is all a bit late now to do anything, but the whole blackfly, aphid thing is starting to get on my nerves and so plan to spray everything with water and washing up liquid daily in order to stop these things building up.

Eating Carrots

Carrots

We have had plenty of radish and lettuce from the square foot garden, but both of those get a bit boring day after day.  The harvest of a “proper” vegetable I would call the carrots, you can do so many things with carrots.   We have three squares of carrots all planted two weeks after each other and we have just started picking the first square.   Last night we included them in lasagna and  tonight we had them grated in meatballs.  T&J ran out to pick them this evening and even, although they didn’t know it, eat them as part of the meatballs.  These are small carrots, a globe variety that is well suited for the shallow soil of the raised bed, 16 per square.

14 Days Later… We Have a Carrot!

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For this Square Foot Gardening I am keep plans up-to-date on a spreadsheet, something I may share at some time.  The idea being is that Square Foot Gardening is intensive growing, using space as soon as it is available to your best advantage.  A spreadsheet then would be a good idea to plan for the whole year for what goes where and when they are expected to be germinating and growing and then harvesting.   I have in the spreadsheet that it takes up to 17 days for carrot seed to germinate.   It seems like ages since I planted them and each day I have taken a look to see if I can see anything, with the knowledge that according to my spreadsheet I may not see anything until the 27th of May.   I took a look today, and noticed the first signs of successful germination, at 11 days!   All together there are 16 lots of seeds in this square, so another 15 to go 🙂   According to my spreadsheet, I need to plant a second lot of carrots this weekend in another square in order to keep the harvest going.  The spreadsheet tells me to expect my first harvest on the 8th of July….