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Eat Carrots And Do What A Rabbit Does In The Dark
Member Name: janharper
Advantages: My Mum says they are good for you!
Disadvantages: They taste of carrot and I don't like them.I don't go out in the dark and I'm not a rabbit.
Ever since I was a child I've hated carrots. I think that was because I was made to eat large quantities of them, cooked 'al dente'. They were cheap and very healthy for growing children, so they made an appearance at every meal. There was never any question of liking, or not liking them. We were given them to eat and we ate, without complaint, but often making screwed up faces to each other.
We were constantly reminded that carrots would enable us to see in the dark. (Well, there is a lot of vitamin A in them.) Mother reminded us that rabbits ate lots of carrots and they had lots of fun running around the fields, (hee hee! I didn't know what I know now about rabbits romping in fields.)
In recent years I have realised just how healthy carrots are and I've grown to tolerate, if not enjoy them. I add grated carrot to salads and often roast them in the oven beside the meat. I would never even put carrot juice to my lips so that's still a 'no no'.
Carrots are 84% water and they are a good source of vitamins A, B. C, D and E. Raw carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A and potassium, vitamin B6, thiamine, folic acid, and magnesium.
No wonder my mother made us eat them.
Carrot seeds need to be sprinkled in well raked and composted ground. Till the soil until its very fine. Sprinkle in rows. Carrots take 10 to 12 days to germinate.
Place a light net over them as soon as you sow them. Thin them out as they grow and leave the strongest plants in place. They need to be about 50mm apart as they grow quite big.
Water your crop regularly and harvest when the top of the carrot is at least 2cm across.
Don't over water your carrots or they will rot and weed them regularly or you will end up with a very spindly final crop.
Store indoors packed in boxes and layered with newspaper, or leave in the ground until November time.
Do I grow my own carrots? I have done but I detest gardening even more than I do carrots, so I haven't sown any this year. My short experimental 'carrot' phase didn't last long. I think I had a touch of the 'Good Life' and decided to become self sufficient in vegetables, salad, etc.
Alas, it all proved to much and my latest bag of carrots came from Tesco.
Summary: Nutritious and cheap vitamins for the family. Help your kids grow into nocturnal rabbits.
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