Thinning out the carrots

Since going to the Leeds Permaculture Network social on Wednesday evening – or is it the upturn in the weather? – I have felt inspired to do more and more in the garden. Thus, as dusk descended I decided it was time to have a go at thinning out the carrots.

It was hard!

Emotionally, I was saddened to be pulling out what were healthy, viable plants. Practically, there wasn’t a lot of light to help me and it was difficult to manoeuvre because of the mangetout and Jerusalem artichoke in exceedingly close proximity.

However, I hope that doing it at 10 pm will reduce the risk of carrot root flies getting their appetites wettened by the smell of the carrots, now they have been disturbed. And I think I might just have a few roots for my own consumption, smallest of babies though they are πŸ™‚

the first carots I have successfully grown since 2011


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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6 Responses to Thinning out the carrots

  1. Lovely update thank you for sharing Helen they look yummy

  2. If you sow with garlic chives and spring onions these should ward off the carrot fly. I loathe thinning too 😊

  3. AndreaV says:

    I have been putting off thinning my carrots for the same reason! I just can’t bring myself to pull them out!

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