Pretty, quick and easy

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You will need

Car­rot seeds ‘Paris Mar­ket At­las’ 2 chive plants John Innes No.2 com­post Wooden crate ap­prox 70cm wide x 40cm deep x 25cm high

Grow it

Pink chive flow­ers and feath­ery car­rot leaves make this a pretty com­bi­na­tion. Both crops are tol­er­ant of dry­ing out and like a free-drain­ing soil, so use John Innes No.2 com­post and place the crate in a sunny lo­ca­tion. Fill it with com­post, then take two chive plants and split both into four smaller clumps. Plant these in the crate, spaced evenly. Then sow the car­rot seeds thinly around them, about 5cm apart. Wa­ter in, and con­tinue wa­ter­ing reg­u­larly – don’t let the com­post dry out, es­pe­cially when the car­rot roots are form­ing. Thanks to their pun­gent aroma, plants in the onion fam­ily are said to deter car­rot fly, so the chives might help to com­bat this pest.

Your har­vest

Snip chive leaves and flow­ers as and when you need them and the plants will keep grow­ing. Har­vest the car­rots when they’re about the size of radishes.

Chives – with onion-flavoured fo­liage and ed­i­ble flow­ers Short or round­rooted car­rots, ideal for con­tain­ers Wooden crate stained and lined with an old com­post bag

Sprin­kle chive flow­ers into sal­ads or leave in place to add colour to the dis­play – dead­head when they fade

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