SOW CARROTS FOR AUTUMN AND WINTER
Carrots are one of the best-value veges to sow. Two sowings – one in early spring and another in late summer – ensures a supply of carrots yearround, as they store well in the soil for several months without any noticeable drop in flavour or crunch.
Always sow carrots direct, in soil that has been well worked over to remove lumps, sticks and stones. Don’t go overboard with manure or compost as overly rich soil causes forking. Take your time sowing, spacing carrots seeds a few centimetres apart, to save time thinning later on. flower have faded and the heads are starting to hang, then cover with
a pillowcase or hessian sack, tied at the top of the stem. Leave the head on the plant until the seed shells have darkened, then cut and hang indoors to complete the maturing process. When fully dry, the seeds can be easily dislodged for roasting. Sadly, hulling isn’t quite as easy!