Dig­ging for gold

Did you know that some of our favourite foods are not ac­tu­ally plants but a plant’s root? So when you eat beet­root, radish, parsnip, turnip or a colour­ful car­rot – you’re ac­tu­ally eat­ing roots! But they are so yum!

Kids Go Gardening - - Autumn -

Baby car­rots from your own gar­den are the sweet­est, yum­mi­est car­rots of all and au­tumn is a good time to grow them from seed. Yates seed tape from your gar­den cen­tre makes it su­per easy.

Here's how:

1 In a sunny place in the gar­den dig a patch of soil un­til it is loose and crumbly, and falls through your hands. It should be at least 20cm deep. Make sure there are no stones or lumpy bits. Or you could fill a big con­tainer with plant­ing mix in­stead.

2 Wa­ter gen­tly with a wa­ter­ing can.

3 Place your seed tape on top of the soil.

4 Sprin­kle over a thin layer of seed rais­ing mix to just cover the seed tape.

5 Check ev­ery day and wa­ter gen­tly with a wa­ter­ing can if the soil is dry. It should be damp (but not soak­ing wet). Af­ter one to two weeks the seeds should ger­mi­nate and you will see the first tiny green leaves.

6 Feed your car­rots with liq­uid fer­tiliser once the leaves reach about 5cm tall.

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