February 2018 II: 5.7lb Berlicum carrots from a 30th June sowing

2017 was a year experimenting with growing carrots in 17 litre polypot bags.

Back in September I harvested Sweet Candle carrots sown for show, with 11 roots weighing 7.5lbs.

The second experiment concerned sowing carrots late (at a time later than normal garlic harvest). The date chosen was 30th June 2017.

Seeds were sown at a higher denisty than the Sweet Candle bags as it was unclear what sort of yield would emerge.

The results of harvesting the first bag on 7th February 2018 were excellent, as shown in the feature image.

32 roots were harvested:

4 large roots weighing a combined 2.2lb;

14 medium roots weighing a combined 2.5lb;

14 small roots weighing a combined 1.0lb.

A total yield of 5.7lb was achieved, suggesting further optimisation of sowing density and date is worthwhile.

Whilst there is minor damage to around eight roots from carrot fly, the quality is more than good enough for home use.

The conclusion to be drawn is that six months worth of autumn/winter carrots can be grown in six bags through two sowings in late March/early April and late June/early July.

This represents no more than 1 square metre of space required on a patio and the issues of slugs eating young seedlings can be largely eradicated.

Author: Rhys

Rhys trained as a research biologist, working for a decade in the cancer research charity sector, before completing an MBA and working in management consultancy, technology transfer and early technology investment spaces, mostly working with UK academics to turn their scientific discoveries into value for society. AS a younger man, he was fascinated with mountains, both climbing them and ski-ing down them. Whilst living in Scotland, he completed a round of (then) all 277 Munros, the independent mountains over 3000ft originally complied as a list by Munro. He also spent his holidays representing the Ski Club of GB, as a Representative and Party Leader between 1990 and 1997. During that time, he found to his bemusement that he was able to predict, without understanding fully why, to a remarkable degree of accuracy, when good snow conditions would occur in the Alps, gaining an unworthy reputation for predictive genius in 1990 when predicting the evolution of the 1989/90 winter in Wengen, Switzerland for his CEO boss. He used this skill for the next seven years to ensure that he enjoyed powder snow pretty much every time he went ski-ing. An MD student he was training in Oxford also impressed his wife by taking Rhys' advice about when to take her to Italy in the mid 1990s! In recent years, Rhys has turned his mind toward how to grow prize tomatoes, winning several prizes in local and London shows and has, in the past 3 years, moved toward taking over a 50 square metre urban vegetable patch, which he has turned into a no-dig area since autumn 2014.

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