Growing beets and carrots in the Astrakhan region - I share my experience
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Almost all articles are very helpful in gaining new knowledge in the field of crop production. So I wanted to share my method of growing carrots, and along with beets. Under these crops, I allocated a plot of 20 × 25 m in front of the house, which is flooded in spring, in high water, and dries out only at the end of June.
Someone may find this choice of place strange, but only to those who do not know one important local peculiarity: the flood waters saturate the soil not only with free moisture and organic fertilizers, but also with microelements.
And if we consider that in our country lands can not be called exhausted, then I do not use any fertilizers for cultivation of carrots and beets.
Well, except that to increase the sweetness of carrots once a season, somewhere in two months after the emergence of sprouting, under irrigation I inject wood ash.
About your favorite varieties ...
By the way, I grow only one variety - Nantes, which is considered one of the best varieties of tableware, because this carrot contains up to 14% sugar. However, you have to pay for the taste with the poor keeping quality of root crops, although I will tell you below how I learned to deal with it. Since I’ve started talking about varieties, I’ll also mention about beets. Here, too, only one variety I like - Bordeaux. And all for the same reason: it contains 15-18% of sugar. Well, now about the method of cultivation. It can be divided into several stages.
Beds for carrots and beets
I do or make beds approximately half a meter in width and in length on all width of a site, ie. 20 m. At the same time I build on the sides of the sides, so that the water would keep on watering inside the garden.
By the way, they also have a natural bias - for irrigation I just lay a hose on their top point, and water flows by gravity over the entire surface of the beds.
Then I put in order the soil itself. Previously, I dug up, chopped and leveled with a shovel, and now I just loosen with garden forks, without turning the layers. At the same time I plug the forks to the full depth every 8-10 cm. And then I loosen the rakes and level them horizontally.
Abundantly fill the beds with water from the hose - until complete flooding.
After the water is absorbed without residue, I cut across the beds with an interval of 5-6 cm parallel to each other slots-grooves with a depth of 1,5-2 cm. Previously, I used the old hacksaw for wood, turning it upside down, and now I use a large metal spatula - it’s more convenient.
Sowing seeds in beds
As a result, I get about 400 slots. Then I take an empty jar from under the cosmetic cream (its main advantage is weight, otherwise it is difficult to hold light dishes in my hand, it constantly slips out) and fill it with 1/3 of carrot seeds.
I hold the jar in my left hand, and the right I do such movements: I take a pinch of seeds with my index finger and thumb and sow them in the furrows from left to right, while rotating my fingers clockwise and as though wiping the seeds.
The speed of rotation and movement is regulated depending on the desired density of sowing. Most importantly: with this method of sowing, the back (and especially the lower back) does not get tired at all, which is a great advantage for me personally.
Then I spread the surface of the beds with the same spatula. And after that three days, exclusively in the mornings, abundantly water all of the watering can. After three days there are shoots of carrots. Together with them, however, weeds also rise, which have to be removed manually, because I do not apply herbicides in principle. And this weeding is the only laborious operation in my method.
Carrot storage is good advice
Why do I get carrots so quickly, I don’t know for sure. Probably, seeds are very comfortable in well-warmed up by the sun and literally saturated with water beds from top to bottom beds. Beets also like my way. Only the distance between the grooves-slots for her I already do 8-10 cm, and the seeds close up to a depth of 3-4 cm (the interval between them - 5-8 cm). And root crops grow up to 1 kg.
Yes, one more thing: carrots and beets are watered abundantly and often. As I mature, I squeeze the largest sprouts, pre-abundantly straining the planting. Diseases and pests have never been. And now, as promised, about the preservation of carrots.
To improve its keeping quality, root vegetables for the winter I leave under the film, spanned on wire arcs. I do the same with beets, but I keep it there until December, and then I clean everything, as it does not withstand the big frosts.
In other regions, you can try to partially leave the carrots under the film, pre-insulated with dry leaves, unless, of course, the mice attack the winter. At me while such was not: probably, in the summer growth of a population of rodents the water snakes and hedgehogs restrain. Therefore, I treat these creatures with great respect and never offend them.
The yield of carrots and beets is almost always high. Who asks - I sell the surplus, sometimes - just treat. I eat root vegetables raw and boiled, I squeeze the juice out of them with an ordinary centrifugal juicer. They say that a blender is easier and better, but I do not know, I have not tried it. I like it so much, because juices are made with nutritious pulp. And how many useful substances and vitamins are in them - you’ll get tired of listing!
In conclusion, I want to greet all gardeners-gardeners with excellent harvests, health and optimism.
By the way: Dried carrots
Trim the upper green parts of the carrot heads. Peel the roots themselves, cut into circles or thin strips, blanch in boiling water for about 20 minutes. Remove, lay on a baking sheet, dry in an oven at 75-80 °. Store in tightly closed jars in a dry place.
© Author: Irlan SATIKOV. with. Big Mogoy Astrakhan region
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