carrot 'Amsterdam Forcing'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil
The fastest of all carrot varieties to mature, this is a highly popular variety and one of the best choices for early and late sowings. Grown under glass in a cold frame or greenhouse it can be 'forced' for super-early crops. Pull young to enjoy their tender, sweet flavour at its best.
- Growing Instructions:Sow sparingly direct into shallow drills and cover lightly with soil. Cover early and late sowings with cloches. Thin seedlings carefully to 2cm apart, watering beforehand to avoid disturbing nearby roots, and working in the evening when carrot fly are less numerous. To further avoid carrot fly attacks, grow crops under horticultural fleece. The thinnings can be eaten raw, sprinkled on salads as a tender, delicately-flavoured garnish.
- Sow: March to May
- Harvest: June to August
- Approximate quantity: 1000 seeds.
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Q:When do I plant potatoes and other veg?
When is the best time to plants potatoes? Also can you advise me what veg I could grow now until March with poly tunnels?Asked on 10/4/2006 by Bets Ingram
A:You can start chitting your early and maincrop seed potatoes in February, but the best time to plant is in early to mid spring. As for growing vegetables in your polytunnels, you have lots of options. Spinach, kale, and some varieties of lettuce will live through the winter in a polytunnel. Certain kinds of onion work well from an autumn sowing, and you'll get a much earlier crop than if you'd waited until spring. Other possibilities are cabbage, Pak Choy, Chinese cabbage, and most root crops. Leeks, beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips and radishes, can be sown for winter harvestAnswered on 10/5/2006 by Crocus
Q:Am I too late to grow vegetables?
I'd love to grow my own potatoes, onions and carrots, which I use a lot in the kitchen, but don't know where to start or if I'm too late. Please can you advise me?Asked on 1/24/2006 by Debora Everard
A:Now is the perfect time to start thinking about growing potatoes, as they need to be chitted before planting. Chitting just encourages shoots to grow before you pop them in the soil in early spring. The onion sets can be planted in March or April, while carrot seeds can be sown from late February as long as they are protected.Answered on 1/25/2006 by Crocus
Q:What veg can I grow with my runner beans?
Dad has grown runner beans on the same patch for years. Is it ok to grow leeks, kohlrabi, carrots and sprouts on this patch or even courgettes? I am trying to get a crop rotation underway but there is limited space.Asked on 3/22/2005 by Jan Hamilton-Taylor
A:The purpose of crop rotation is to reduce build-up of soil borne pests and diseases, and continuous cropping of the same vegetable can lead to an inbalance of soil nutrients. The plants you mention should be fine to grow in the same spot as the beans this year, but you will need to add plenty of organic matter to the area before planting and I wouldn't recommend growing the carrots or sprouts in the same spot next year. Even if the area is small, it really will help if you can try and work out a crop rotation to avoid problems in the future.Answered on 3/23/2005 by Crocus
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