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!
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.
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.