Store carrots for winter
1 Lift your carrots on a dry day. Slide the prongs of a garden fork alongside the row then gently lever it upwards to ease the roots out of the soil. The aim is to snap or damage as few as possible. Once lifted, leave them on the soil for an hour or so to dry the skins. 2 Now grade your carrots – use up any that are split, stabbed or showing signs of root fly damage – these won’t store well. You’ll be left with top-quality roots. Gently twist off the foliage, then lay the roots so they’re not touching in a box of dry sand. 3 Build up layers of roots as you fill your box, packing them with more dry sand. Top the box with a final sand layer and place it in a cool shed or garage, well away from any potential rodent activity. Then just extract a few carrots as and when you need them.