Today opened from 09:00 until 17:30

Your independent Plant Centre
for all the Family

  • Hot drinks, hearty breakfast and luscious lunch in our Café

  • Kindling, aromatic logs and coal now in stock to Click 'n' Collect

  • Points earn Pounds with your Privilege Card!

  • Nourishing food and bird feeders for the wild birds this Winter

    Store your surplus maincrop carrots

    Store your surplus maincrop carrots

    Store your surplus maincrop carrots to keep them in good condition for eating later in winter.

    Store Carrots for Eating Later in Winter

    Seasoned veg growers sow two types of carrot: sweet, tender early carrots which mature in double- quick time to pull fresh and eat straight away, and slower-maturing maincrop varieties to harvest all at once in late autumn for winter stores.

    Main crop carrots include some of the most delicious varieties there are – 'James Scarlet Intermediate', for example, or richly flavoursome 'Royal Chantenay’. Enjoy browsing through the selection of mouthwatering main crops on the seed racks here at our garden centre in Poynings: try out a new one each year to find out which are your favourites.

    The Secret to Keeping Your Carrots Crunchy

    The secret to keeping your carrots as crunchy as the day you pulled them is never to allow them to dry out. Choose only your most perfect specimens, as any blemishes quickly rot, then snip off the top growth and brush off loose soil.

    Put a layer of slightly dampened sand in the bottom of a box and lay the carrots on top side by side, without allowing them to touch. Cover with more sand. They should keep in a frost-free shed or garage for several months: just fish the roots out as required.