North Harbour News - - HEALTH & BEAUTY -

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!

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