Sunday, 11 April 2010

Super sunny day but less time today

It was a lovely sunny day again today, but due to an emergency visit to Vet with one of our cats, had less time on the plot.

But did manage to sow a row of Carrots.

Its important to cover these from day one as we do have a 'Root Fly' problem, I use standard cloche wire loops but bend them to a point, to give better headroom.

Then I put a fly proof covering over the wire hoops, using fleece pegs to hold the sides down.

I use old plain net curtains actually, the fine weave acts as a perfect barrier from those pesky root flies.
It certainly does work as we had a perfect untouched crop last year*

*The trick to avoid Root Fly damage is to NOT weed or thin out Carrot seedlings during the day especially when warm/hot, wait until early evening when its cooler and less flies about, doing it quickly and replace netting as soon as possible.

I also managed a bit of weeding too in Fruit Cage.
Now that the fine weather is here things already planted are growing well, Onions, Potatoes, Garlic, Strawberries and Rhubarb.

Next task is to spread more Manure around, as other crops are being started in the greenhouse at home, Peas, Beans etc.

Thanks for reading/returning, I look forward to your comments or tweets. Remember to check back next weekend for latest news.

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