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Thursday, June 20, 2019

GROWING HEALTHY CARROTS AND BEETROOT


GROWING HEALTHY CARROTS


An easy veggie to grow for beginners. We love growing yellow and white carrots that we can harvest over a long period. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin a, they are also high in fibre and sugar content. They can be cooked as a vegetable and also eaten raw. There is a wide range of varieties to choose from.

SOIL PREPARATION

Carrots require deep, sandy loose soil and must also be well drained. Soil must be prepared the season before the crop is to be planted. Fresh manure will make the roots fork instead of growing straight. Add manure and compost in the previous season and dig over soil and allow to stand, it will then be easier forked down.

SOWING

Carrots will not germinate well if the soil is too cold or wet, sow in a sunny area. Do not sow all the seeds at the same time, Make successive sowings with about 2 weeks between each sowing. Mix seed with a little dry sand or flour for easier sowing, about 10mm deep. Cover the seed lightly with sand. Sowing time in Southern Africa is best between March and July. 

Enjoy lovely fresh carrots from your own backyard.


Healthy fresh Carrots
Healthy Fresh Carrots


GROWING HEALTHY BEETROOT

Beetroots give salads colour and bite, they can be preserved with onions in vinegar. We love growing red, yellow and white beetroot.

SOIL PREPARATION

Beetroots do well in light, sandy soil, but will also do well in other types of soil if they are first well prepared. Add plenty good compost and manure some time before they are planted. Just before sowing, add bone meal and rake in lightly.

SOWING

Sow seeds in rows 80cm apart and 25mm deep. After sowing cover the seeds lightly and firm over. Sow from February to April in Southern Africa. They are left in soil until they are fully mature before they are harvested.
  
GENERAL CARE

Thin out the seedlings when about 30mm high to give space between each plant. Keep the area clear of weeds. Harvesting can be pulled up as soon as they reach a suitable size. Care must be taken not to damage them so that they do not bleed.
Enjoy your own fresh beetroot.

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