The boon and the bane in organic gardening is the weed/pest control.
The carrot (Daucus carota) is a root vegetable, usually orange in color, though also has different other colors at times as seen in markets.
The most commonly eaten part of a carrot is a taproot.
Started from the seeds, Him and Her read up several information sites and decided to have about 16 plants per square feet for carrot. Spacing the tiny specks of seeds wasn’t done to precision, which is quite plausible.
Later readings and www helped to realize that a mix of the seeds with some grains of sand does well to space out the seeds comfortably.
Ensure to thin out once the saplings are out and about. This is required to have a “carrot” shaped “carrot” harvest !
With the rocky terrain of the garden plot, inspite of a lot of cleaning the stones before start of gardening, there were carrots that grew around and about the stones/pebbles underground and this posed a challenge in cleaning the crop after harvest.
- Needs a lot of room to spread out and grow.
- Days to harvest: 60 days
- Grows in warm weather and grows best in direct sunlight.
- Once the plants have grown to a decent size, their broad leaves will help keep the area weed-free by shading out invading plants.
- Prone to develop powdery mildew.
- Zucchinis require pollination before they can begin producing fruit. If there is not a healthy population of bees, hummingbirds or other natural means of pollination, you can pollinate each plant manually. Male flowers have elongated stems with a collection of tubelike stamens inside. Peel away the petals and brush the stamens inside a female flower to pollinate it.
- Harvest zucchini when the fruits are small for better flavor and tender crop.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the zucchini off , to avoid damaging the plant.
- Produces fruit throughout its growing season.
And also read up to know that one of the culinary dishes from this crop is the famous ratatouille.