Tuesday, May 17, 2011
In the night garden
Oh look girls and boys it's Upsy Daisy in the night garden. Hello Upsy Daisy. Oh no Upsy Daisy we can't say that on a children's television show. Shall I tell all the girls and boys what you are doing in the night garden?
In the garden at the moment we have some carrot growing that were first raised in pots. I am not expecting any great success as every thing I have read and heard suggests they are highly sensitive to transplanting and thus this should be avoided. However it was worth the experiment while we were still preparing the garden.
What also makes carrots tricky to grow is the fact that their seeds are so small and require planting just slightly below the surface. This makes them vulnerable to quickly drying out or being washed away by the rain. Our garden is on a slop and even though very slight it is enough for the surface to wash down hill after a good rain.
In an attempt to overcome these challenges Melanie is trying a technique, courtesy of Linda Woodrow, where the seeds are sown directly in the ground then covered with a blanket to help retain moisture and provide protection. Melanie has used hessian sacks that I acquired free from our local fodder store.
Unfortunately it's been a few weeks now and the only things sprouting under the hessian are a couple of sour sobs. What did Melanie do wrong? She does admit she failed to water regularly.
Has anyone tried this technique or got any tips for Melanie before she attempts this again?
BTW the fact that Melanie was doing this at night has nothing to do with the technique and every thing to do with there not being enough hours in the day.