I laid out my trusty old groundsheet, positioned the plastic tub of carrots on it, and tipped it over, just as I do when harvesting container-grown potatoes.
|Ready to start...|
|You can see how dense the loam is.|
I was really pleased with the result. Lots of lovely clean carrots, with no damage at all, and so easy to gather because the soil was dry and crumbly.
Despite being in gardening terms "very clean", the carrots do at this stage have lots of little tiny roots attached, so they need a good wash.
But they scrub up nicely! I weighed them after washing - 702g.
I'm very pleased with the quality of this batch. They are significantly better than the first lot, though I have no idea why. For my next photo I have put some of the biggest ones on the top. I forgot to mention that the variety is "Amsterdam Forcing 3".
In all that lot there was only one bent one and one "joker". That's what I call a good result.
Ordinarily, Cocktail Carrots like these would be used raw as a pre-dinner nibble, but with such a good quantity available I think I can justify cooking some of them. How does this sound? Roast Pork (with crackling of course), Pink Fir Apple potatoes, Runner Beans and baby carrots.