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Dianne, The secret seems to be that carrots don't like to get over fertilised. The way I used to grow them was in beds that had been fertilised for a previous crop. This gave me good carrots but many were forked. Using the PVC tubes means that I can use the other beds for things that do like fertilisers, and I only have to use straight potting mix, which has a supply of slow release fertiliser incorporated. The slow release, seems to be adequate for the carrots needs, but I am also using a liquid fertiliser (I always have to do something a little differently, as an experiment). Each year I empty out the potting mix, to use in pots and wheelie bins that have suffered soil slump. I should then sterilise the tubes, before filling with new mix, but haven't done this yet. Due to a mixture of laziness and lack of time.
Susan, As you would expect they great tasting. The obvious advantage of growing our own (as if you didn't know), means they are picked only minutes before being included in a meal so they are very fresh and crunchy. , Each tube has around 4 carrots and each set having around 8 - 10 tubes in it, with 12 old tyres and round containers holding them together. so we will have carrots on tap until the hot weather returns. This year I am trying a weak tea, liquid manure, to help fatten them up. Some are already a good size but continual thinning should allow the remaining ones to bulk out. I am using a horse manure (what else) liquid manure every week or so. As you can see the carrots grow nice and straight without any forking that I used to get growing in other containers.
These look fantastic! How do they taste?
These are looking fabulous Roger, you really have worked out how to grow a carrot that looks good and grows straight. What type are they or are they carrots from seeds you have grown prior to these ones.
Lissa, in a 75 mm tube, I try to plant 4 carrots. When they are all up and big enough to thin out I ensure there are only 4 per tube spaced out around the tubes. This often means that I plant more seed where there are gaps. Now (June) carrot tops are about 150 - 200 mm high,and are about 2 months old. I take out 2 per tube to leave 2 which now given more space will grow thicker roots. So from now on I can pick a few carrots every night.
Wow Roger! You are so good at growing in those tubes. How many carrots per tube more or less?
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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion. It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)
GrowVetiver is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.
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