Carrots

Carrots:

 

  • Why you should grow it
    • Carrots are high in vitamin A that promotes good eye health
    • Can be planted close to taller plants like tomatoes, broccoli, kale etc as they shade the soil preventing water loss and keeps it cool
    • They also take up different space as carrots grow below ground
    • They’re a surprise every time you pull them up
    • They come in many different colours; white, purple, orange, yellow & red

 

 

 

 

  • How to start seeds
    • Plant carrots in moist, not wet seed starting soil
    • The soil must be loose, not compacted – carrots will not grow long if the soil is compacted
    • Plant in early spring until August
    • Plant shallowly
    • Keep the top layer of soil moist until you see seedlings
    • Water deeply first until seedlings, then water regularly
    • Lightweight row cover or wood to cover the soil helps keep the soil moist and cool when planting in the summer
    • They can take 3 weeks to germinate so be patient!
    • It is not recommended to start indoors, direct sow only. As you are eating the root, you don’t want to break it in transplanting

 

  • Tips for growth
    • Sow every 3 weeks to have new crops coming up
    • Thin seedlings to be about 1″ apart – you don’t want the carrots to be crowded in the ground, they’ll not grow very large
    • They prefer good sun, but cool soil
    • Plant near taller plants that will shade the soil
    • Add a little mulch around the seedlings to help prevent evaporation and cool the soil

 

 

 

 

 

  • Harvesting
    • Loosen the soil around the carrot
    • Pull up on the top green part near the base
    • Pickle if you can’t eat them in time
    • Harvest slowly through the season, they can be left in the ground for a while into the fall

 

  • Saving Seeds
    • You’ll have to wait until the following year to save the seeds, they are biennial
    • Leave the carrots in the ground adding a floating row cover, mulch and anything else to insulate the carrots
    • You can carefully dig them out and store in sand in a cool, dark place – a root cellar is ideal, hence the name!
    • Replant carrots or remove insulation in the spring
    • Carrots will flower and seeds will be ready to harvest in late spring