Store car­rots for win­ter

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

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.

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