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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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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Stages of Growing Carrots

carrot ready to harvest

I have been growing carrots on my allotment for over 25 years now, it’s a process I repeat every year without fail.  For the last 5 years, I have been growing carrots for show – this takes growing to the next level but can get rather complicated to a novice grower. First, carrots are biennial …

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