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ON THE VEG PATCH

LIFT & STORE CARROTS

STEP BY STEP

STEP 1: Home-grown carrots are delicious and well worth growing if you can keep carrot fly off by growing them under an insect-proof mesh.This method works well as long as there are no gaps to allow the adults flies in and you rotate the crop every year. Roots left in over winter can be damaged by a late attack of root fly or heavy frosts, so I like to lift before winter.

STEP 2: Once the protective covers have been removed, cut down all the foliage to within a couple of inches and dispose of it on to the compost heap.This prevents the long leaves getting in the way and the short stumps can be used as handles when lifting the roots. If the soil happens to be dry, water the row a few hours before lifting to make it easier to get the long roots out without damaging them too much.

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INCLUDING EXCLUSIVE VIDEOS The autumn harvest is under way, which begs the question – what am I going to do with all those surplus crops? Well read on and worry no more, for on page 61 KG regular Ben Vanheems brings you a comprehensive guide to drying fruit and veg – a great way to fill the store cupboard with nutritious goodies. Continuing the theme, top chef Anna Pettigrew has some super recipes and good advice as to how to store some of our most prolific treasures. Deputy editor Emma Rawlings looks at bounty of a different type as she encourages us all to ditch our green waste bins and to compost as much garden refuse as we can, turning it instead into a rich soil conditioner. Grapes have a reputation for being difficult to grow, but with a few top tips from fruit specialist David Patch you’ll soon see how easy they can be. Plus veg expert Rob Smith reveals that there is more to garlic than you may have realised as he urges you to add giant elephant and pungent wild varieties to your growing repertoire. Steve Ott, editor