Grow it yourself week 55
By SOWING carrots at the start of June, you can avoid the dreaded carrot root fly.
I also find that leaving my main-crop sowing until now is just generally more successful, with quicker and more reliable germination.
So this week I will be sowing my main-crop carrots.
A few weeks ago I started to get the bed ready for the carrots.
For me that means two things.
Firstly I turn the soil in the bed over with a fork so that the carrots have got a nice friable, uncompacted soil mix to grow down in to.
I also rake the soil over to get it to a nice fine tilth ready for sowing.
I generally practise no-dig growing, but I make an exception for the carrot and parsnip beds, which to my mind, need to be carefully prepared for sowing.
Secondly, I spray the bed with nemaslug – a tiny microscopic nematode that keeps the bed slug free for up to six weeks.
I have found this invaluable for the last few years in keeping slugs away from the little carrot seedlings.
That six-week window gives the carrots time to get established.
If you've had problems growing carrots in the past, check out our brilliant, quick video tutorial at www.giyinternational.org/videos/detail/carrots.