Spot the carrot

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Being a gardener means being stoic: you have to take the rough with the smooth and try to ignore, or learn from, failures. I was determined to grow decent carrots this year and sowed them in beds that were ‘improved’ with sand so the soil was light and not too rich. I watered them regularly with ‘garlic water’ to keep carrot fly at bay but all to no avail. The bed above was sown with rows of carrots interspersed with a row of candytuft for beneficial insects, mignonette for scent and for bees (honeybees love it) and a row of summer savory which I hoped would be smelly enough to disguise the smell of the carrots too. But where there should be carrots there are bare rows.

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The carrots have been falling like trees in a storm as the carrot fly have been worse than ever. The leaves are turning yellow and pink and the plants collapsing.

Maybe next year!



6 Comments on “Spot the carrot”

  1. joy
    August 2, 2015 at 8:39 am #

    at least now I can admit my carrots are rubbish to nothing again and my broad beans all died 80 plants grown from seed planted with care and not one bean . BUT last night we ate fresh peaches and clotted cream so win some lose some

    • thebikinggardener
      August 2, 2015 at 9:35 am #

      Thats bad news about the broad beans! Mine went in late and still are not ready but they are coming along. Good news about the peaches though 🙂 yum!

  2. Dan
    August 2, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

    That’s the only attitude to have when you’re a gardener; enjoy your successes and the rest will be better next year.

  3. Meriel
    August 3, 2015 at 10:42 pm #

    Sorry to hear that after all your efforts to fool those carrot flies. Makes us struggling gardeners feel better though that you have the occasional failure too. My lettuce is great this year which is great as it is what I use most of.

    • thebikinggardener
      August 4, 2015 at 7:42 am #

      yes I will give up on the carrots this year! You can’t win them all! Glad to hear your lettuce are doing well though 🙂

  4. derrickjknight
    August 5, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    Bad luck, Geoff

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