Over a month ago I instigated the ‘Carrot Plan’ in an effort to grow edible carrots this year. In part one I selected a ‘stone free’ piece of the plot, dug in some sharp sand and covered with black plastic to warm up the soil. That done, we are now ready for part two. Last year one of my main problems was lack of germination. I planted my first carrot seeds on April 27th last year but they just didn’t germinate and as you can see from this picture it was clear that the soil was the problem. It was just too heavy and cloddy for the seedlings to push through. So this year we’re giving them a helping hand by making a nice deep hole with the dibber and filling it with soft, fluffy compost. On goes the fleece, and then we wait. I’m sowing Amsterdam Forcing which is an early variety suited to cold weather.