Allotment Jobs for March

Hi, there, fellow allotment owners! As we transition into March, it’s time to start getting our hands dirty and preparing our allotments for the upcoming growing season. Here in the UK, March is a time of changeable weather, so we need to make the most of any dry spells and get as much done as …

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Do Carrots Grow in Bunches?

Carrots are a popular and nutritious vegetable enjoyed by people around the world. They come in different shapes, sizes, and colours, but one question that often arises is whether carrots grow in bunches or not. In this article, we’ll explore the answer to this question and shed some light on the growing habits of carrots. …

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Is Chicken Manure Good for Growing Carrots?

When it comes to allotments, soil health is a top priority for growing quality produce.  If your allotment has poor soil, as mine did, you have a lot of work on your hands to improve it. Good soil health can be achieved through a variety of methods, including the use of fertilizers such as chicken …

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Can Carrots Grow in Shade?

Regular readers will know I’m a carrot fanatic, we love growing them and coming up with new carrot recipes. They are also highly nutritious, being rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, vitamin K, and potassium. If you are thinking about growing carrots, one question you might be wondering is whether they can be …

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How to Tell when Carrots are Finished Growing?

Carrots are a popular vegetable that can be grown in various climates and soil types. They are easy to grow and require minimal maintenance, making them a favourite among novice and experienced allotment owners. Gardeners ask one of the most common questions: “How can I tell when my carrots are finished growing?” Fortunately, several signs …

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Can you grow carrots indoors in the UK?

Growing carrots indoors in the UK can be a fun and rewarding experience. Not only do they add a touch of greenery to your home, but they are also a healthy addition to your diet. Here are some tips to help you grow delicious and healthy carrots indoors in the UK. Choose the right variety …

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Carrots Growing Little Hairs, Is This Normal?

Carrots are a favourite due to their vitamin-rich nourishment and enticing crisp, sweet flavour. Nothing beats picking a beautiful carrot from the ground and bringing it straight into your kitchen to cook. However, they don’t always look supermarket-perfect, some can be damn ugly and grotesque. You may have noticed hairy strings on carrots or carrots with …

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Can you Grow Carrots with Hydroponics?

hydroponic system used to create vertical growing system in a small space

Hydroponics is a method of growing crops without soil by substituting a new substance to support the plant’s roots and growing them directly in nutrient-rich water. There are several techniques for creating hydroponic systems, but the fundamental parts are the same. Because there are no burrowing animals or soil-borne pests to contend with, hydroponic vegetable …

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Best Types of Carrots to Grow in an Allotment

carrot ready to harvest

Over the years, I have experimented with growing many different types of carrots on my allotment but now tend to stick with Chantenay Carrots now as my wife likes the taste of them. Here are some of the different types of carrots that can be grown in an allotment in the UK, along with tips …

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Carrots Growing Deformed: Causes and Solutions

wonky carrots from a friend's allotment

Last season my carrots were so deformed they looked like something from a sci-fi film; Denis Villeneuve would have been proud of them. Deformed carrots can be forked, lumpy, or impaired due to various issues. Although the centre of these carrots can grow woody and slightly bitter, they are ordinarily edible. In reality, many mini …

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Simple Carrot Recipes for allotment growers

amazing carrot soup

This year I grew way too many carrots. I had misplanned my allotments and had space left over, so ended up throwing in a load of  Chantenay carrot seeds. I made a schoolboy error by planting the seeds simultaneously, giving me a monster carrot harvest.  All allotment pros know you have stagger your seed planting …

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How to Grow Carrots from Scraps

growing carrots from left overs

With the current financial climate and everyone looking to save money, here’s a great free way to grow carrots – you don’t even need to buy seeds. The idea is to grow new carrots from your carrot scraps; think of all those wasted carrot tops on Christmas day! I’ll cook for 10 ten people and …

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