I couldn’t believe my eyes when I unearthed these treasures on the weekend. What had been a longforgotten pot overflowing with weeds, turned out to be filled with a heap of ‘Mini Sweet’ carrots. These were sown back in October 2016 and I assumed they’d be rotten when I dug my hands into the soil – but I was wrong. These little beauties are still perfectly crunchy and blemish-free. It really goes to show how well root crops keep in the soil should you happen to forget about them.
If you’ve never tried growing carrots in pots, it’s definitely worth giving it a shot and is just so satisfying when it’s successful. All you need is container
at least 30cm deep, some fine potting mix (not the sort with big clumps of bark which can cause the roots to fork) and seed of a
SOW CORN SALAD OR LAMB’S LETTUCE
I’m forever on the lookout for new-to-me salad greens so was excited to give corn salad – aka lamb’s lettuce or Valerianella locusta a try in my small raised bed. It has grown well, despite being very overcrowded after I was a little heavy-handed and accidentally dumped the whole pack of seed upside-down in the soil!
This vegetable has absolutely nothing to do with sweetcorn, neither is it related to lettuce so the names are quite misleading. But whatever it’s called, this hardy little annual laughs in the face of winter temperatures.