It has been a good year for carrots. So much so that, despite chomping away on them as fast as rabbits, half the crop is still in the ground. So rather than moving the mountain I have revived an old idea with a new twist. Harvested root crops in the past have been stored in clamps: put in a pit, covered with straw and then earth, to protect from frost. Having the thrip netting in place already it occurred to me that, duvet style, the straw could float above the undug carrots for warmth. It is not going to blow away because the net is retaining it.
To recap we sowed a double tunnel of carrots this year, only lifting the netting for thinning and weeding on two occasions
By September it was clear they were growing away well
The netting kept off the root fly and the roots were happy just with the normal Edinburgh steady rainfall,
I have every hope that with this blanket of protection we will be eating our own carrots right up until next spring even if it turns cold and icy.