Friday 31st August 2012
Thankfully it’s a really lovely morning here which makes the job of lifting and washing long carrots a lot easier. I have entered three in the long carrot class at the Welsh Championships which is on tomorrow and Sunday at Bryngarw Country Park Bridgend CF32 8UU, just in case you fancy a run over. My problem this morning is pulling sufficient to get a decent set whilst at the same time being conscious of the fact that I have a big display to put up at Malvern in a month’s time. This of course is a problem we all have as exhibitors as we always seem to have another show just around the corner!
I actually pulled 10 to get a set of three that I think is good enough to take down there. Whether or not their good enough to get one of the four card places is something else. They were just over 8 inches around the shoulder and the longest was 45 inches. One thing was very apparent this year, the sand needs shifting out and clean sand brought in. This is the worst scenario for me as my garden is at the back of the house and everything has to be wheel barrowed up a gradient to the front of the house where I shall put it on a trailer and scatter it over the land. I can tell you now I won’t be doing a lot of it myself, I shall leave that to Alwyn and his friend Del, the younger generation!!
Sand is getting quite expensive these days and I will probably need in the region of 6 to 7 tonnes to fill up all the barrels. The carrots were also starting to get a little rough so I shall also temper my mix a little next year by adding a little more Fine Grade Vermiculite to it. The carrots were sprayed a few times with our Liquid Nutrimate which we have registered as ‘Liquid Gold’ which seems to have helped as the colour was excellent on all of them. We used it this year as well to supplement the slow release fertiliser in our hanging baskets around the house and they have been very florific considering the horrible weather we have experienced on the Island here.