Carrots are one of those staple vegetables and although they are cheap to buy in the shops you just can’t beat homegrown ones. I was sent up the allotment to harvest a few bits for our roast dinner and I was a little bit excited to see how my carrots were doing. To be honest they’ve been ready to harvest for a while now but seeing as I’ve been in Wales and my Dad was also growing them, they’ve simply been harvesting the crop from his plot.
I originally sowed a variety called ‘Nantes 5’ back in April but they were a complete no show, I personally blame the cold, wet soil making the seeds rot. So it was on with another sowing in June but this time I tried a new variety called ‘Romance F1’ and we had success! They’ve been happily growing since then and I was pleasantly surprised with my first small harvest. You see I didn’t cover the seedlings at all this year… I usually erect a 1 metre high mesh around the carrots to protect them against carrot fly so I was expecting them to be riddled. Instead I was pulling out thick, straight carrots and I couldn’t have been more pleased with my little bunch of homegrown goodness, plus they were yummy too!
Whilst I was there I also harvested one of my red cabbages, they are still relatively small but the perfect size to feed a family of four. I’ve been growing this variety ‘Red Drumhead’ for the past 3 years and it’s never disappointed, we usually eat a few by simply boiling them and then I tend to pickle the rest. Either way it’s simply delicious and sure brightens up any meal!