Termed 'evergreen' they are really wintergreen as they lose their leaves in spring as the new growth replaces them. In colder areas bushes are deciduous; the leaves fall in autumn.
'Sunshine Blue'. Mid-season. Very compact and easy to manage, forming dense bush to just over 1m (3ft 3in) high and across at maturity. Bright pink flower buds open to scented flowers. Medium size berries are sweet and ripen over several weeks.
Trehane Nursery tel 01202 873490
Ken Muirtel 01255 831 534
The Fruit & Vegetable Company tel 0870 9505922
Highfield Nurseries tel 01452 740266
Keepers Nursery tel 01622 726465
Deacon's Nursery tel 01983 840750
RV Roger tel 01751 472226
Welsh Fruit Stocks tel 01497 851209
Victoriana Nursery Gardens tel 01233 740529
Chris Bowers & Sons tel 01366 388752
Suffolk Blues tel 08707 666 677
Suttons Seeds tel 0870 220 2899
Thompson & Morgan tel 01473 688821
Dorset Blueberry Company tel 01202 891426
Producing wonderful broad, blunt-ended roots with a great deep orange colour, they are ideal for eating raw in salads or, of course, adding to your favourite cooked recipes. They can also be frozen.
Seeds can be sown at any time between now and the end of June. After this time temperatures rise and the germination can be reduced.
Carrots prefer a well drained or light soil and will not grow well in waterlogged or very heavy soils without first improving them. This can be done by digging in plenty of grit or organic matter in the autumn, however, care must be taken not to add fresh manure or garden compost to soil immediately prior to sowing as this encourages carrots to fork. On poor soils it is a good idea to add 28-56g (1-2oz) of general fertiliser, such as Growmore or pelleted chicken manure a week or two before sowing your seeds.
Sow in drills 13mm (J2in) deep with
30cm (12in) between rows. Water the base of the drill prior to sowing to aid germination and keep the soil moist during the germination period. Although they should never be allowed to wilt (dryness followed by a heavy watering can lead to root splitting), over watering can cause the plants to produce lots of foliage at the expense of root growth.
Sow thinly and thin out if necessary as soon as the seedlings are large enough to handle, eventually leaving about 10cm (4in) between plants for the largest roots. If this thinning is done gradually, young roots can be used as baby carrots, rather than simply being wasted. Any uprooted seedlings should be disposed of well away from the crop to avoid attracting carrot fly. Hoe the rows regularly to prevent competition from weeds and pull out any weeds within the rows before they become too large. This prevents unnecessary disturbance to the developing plants. Water the soil to settle it back around the roots afterwards.
If the tops of the roots become exposed as the crop develops, cover them with a little soil to prevent them turning green.
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