Matamata Chronicle - - Gardening -

Car­rots must be sown di­rectly where you want them to grow (rather than in seed trays) as, like all roots crops, they re­sent be­ing trans­planted. It’s es­sen­tial that they have deep, lumpfree soil to grow in and don’t sow car­rots in com­postrich soil or where ma­nure has re­cently been dug in as that causes forked roots. Car­rot seed is very fine so take your time care­fully sow­ing the seed. Try not to sow it too thick, as you’ll need to thin out the seedlings later. And if you have cats, you’ll need to cover the seed row to stop them dig­ging the seeds up be­fore they sprout. Use bird net­ting or get a 30cm wide piece of chicken wire, as long as your row, and bend it in half to make a tri­an­gu­lar-shaped cover to lay over the top. Sow car­rots be­tween rows of onions to help con­fuse the car­rot rust fly, which is at­tracted to the smell of car­rot fo­liage.

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