Pro­tect car­rots with a layer of dry straw

Garden News (UK) - - Growing For Showing -

Pro­vided your soil is well drained, you can leave car­rots in the ground for win­ter use, pro­tected from cold and wet with a thick layer of fresh, clean straw. It’s worth weed­ing around them first, then mark where the car­rots are be­cause the tops will die in the cold. Spread a thick layer of dry straw over the car­rots, en­sur­ing that the mulch is pushed right against the tops. You might find they taste sweeter be­cause the roots con­cen­trate their sug­ars to sur­vive the cold, but har­vest all your car­rots by early spring, be­fore they start to flower.

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