Multicoloured Carrots

Take That, Carrot Rust Fly!

When I went to de-blight the tomatoes at the community garden plot this morning, I noticed a carrot top & greens of what was most likely one of my prized multicoloured carrots (pulled and eaten by a yet another vegetable thief) which made me think, “Hey, my carrots are ready!”  While the greens sure didn’t look like much, I decided to pull them anyway and to my delight, beautiful red, purple, white, and orange carrot with no sign of carrot rust fly damage.   Booya!

Back in April I pulled up my winter carrots and sadly, I lost the battle to that wily carrot rust fly.  This year I planted a summer crop, planted each seed individually spaced (painstakingly), mixed lots of sand in the soil and watered well.  Oh, and the most important thing: full sun.  My home garden is so crowded and lush that there just isn’t the sun there is at my new garden plot.  This, I’ve noticed, had made all the difference in the world to my vegetable gardening.  6-8 hours of direct sun just isn’t enough.

So here they are, some lovely purple carrot sticks, without a rusty track to be seen.  Take that, carrot rust fly.

Me: 1 ; Carrot Rust Fly: 1

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. meemsnyc
    meemsnycAugust 14,10

    Ooooh, those are gorgeous carrots! Really pretty.

  2. Kat
    KatAugust 14,10

    So pretty. Don’t you love outsmarting the pests? I always feel so proud of myself when I do.

  3. Linda
    LindaAugust 14,10

    Good on ye! I’ve never seen what purple carrots look like inside and now I know. Those carrots look delectable.

  4. Steph - The Green Grower
    Steph - The Green GrowerAugust 15,10

    they look scrummy! glad to hear you foiled the pests! enjoy :)

  5. melanie watts
    melanie wattsAugust 17,10

    These look great Stevie. what variety are they? I’m glad you managed to defeat the dreaded carrot rust fly.

  6. Deb W.
    Deb W.August 17,10

    Hi Stevie, Don’t remember where I read it, probably Organic Gardening ‘way back when, but they suggested a sprinkling of wood ash after planting carrots, something about the soil pH (I think) and discouraging root . Also companion planting with onions as their smell was beneficial in confusing pests.
    Those are gorgeous carrots. Do they keep their colour after cooking? Man, I can almost taste them. Mmmm!

    • Stevie
      StevieAugust 17,10

      Thanks, Deb, for the great suggestions. I’ll keep on the lookout for wood ash, but I did plant them with onions and parsley but the rust fly sniffed those carrots through my companion plants.

      Oh, and yep – they keep their colour when cooking unlike beans.

  7. Wendy
    WendyAugust 22,10

    These carrots are gorgeous!! high five to you.

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