Important For Growing Carrots
- fresh organic carrot seeds
- soil should be loose and free of stones
- don't add fresh manure or compost
- water well
- harvest fresh when ready to use
- ready 70 days after sowing
How To Grow Carrots
Here is a great carrot seed selection for you to try.
Successfully growing carrots requires slightly acid soil, which is
loose, well drained and readily holds moisture. To be sure about the
acid content of the soil,
take a nutrient and pH sample prior to planting and add lime or
fertilizer if necessary.
The best pH range should be between 6 and 6.5 while the
recommended nitrogen amounts for carrots are one cup of urea per 100
square feet. A way to enhance soil conditions is to apply rotting
manure to the soil. However, adding fresh manure will cause roots to
"overbranch" and escalate weed growth.
Planting Carrots From Seeds
Carrot seeds are troublesome to space because they are very fine and
small. When planting these seeds, sprinkle them thinly at about one
deep in the soil, with rows about one foot apart, or however much room
is needed to access the plants. After planting, cover them loosely with
dirt and water.
All root crops require about one inch of water each week, from either
rain or irrigation. Make sure the soil has been soaked in order
to allow roots to grow properly.
You can also choose to "broadcast" plant your tiny carrot seeds, which
is simply spreading the seeds randomly over your garden by walking and
seeds from side to side. Growing carrots by planting in this manner is
useful when gardens are very large.
Root crops such as carrots are generally planted around April 15th for a
spring harvest or August 1st for a fall harvest. Because carrots are
by weeds, it is essential to weed well as soon as seedlings appear. In
addition, take care not to over-fertilize, as excessive nitrogen in the
cause deformed carrots.
Earlier sowings can be made in glasshouses or polytunnels with early varieties.
Maintaining Healthy Carrot Plants
A common pest, which can wreak havoc when growing carrots is the carrot fly maggot.
Carrot flies lay eggs in the vicinity of young carrots, which
conveniently allow these whitish-yellow larvae to eat the exterior of
carrot roots, causing leaves to wilt and turn reddish-brown.
Because these flies tend to fly low to the ground, gardeners will place
floating row covers over their plants, which allow 85% of the sun's rays
to reach the plants.
In addition, planting herbs like sage or rosemary may inhibit the
proliferation of carrot flies. Planting onions or scallions around the
carrots and in
between the rows also helps to deter carrot flies.
To prevent rabbits and other vegetable-eating creatures from
eating your carrots, the best prevention is to build a wire fence around
the garden. Make
sure the wire fence goes deep enough, though, as rabbits are great
Also, carrots can suffer from several fungal diseases but this
only happens when carrots have been planted in poor soils or remain excessively wet for long periods of time.
Harvesting Carrots And Storing Carrots
Carrots are ready to be harvested about 70 days after planting, but this depends on the variety of carrot planted, as some baby carrots are harvested in 50
It is not necessary to pick carrots once they have matured since they
can remain in the soil for several weeks without damaging the carrot.
the taste of the carrot will be different, with carrots left in the
ground for a long time being more bitter in flavor.
In addition, you do not need to worry about frost harming growing
carrots, since they are hardy roots and can endure a bout of cold or a
without killing the plants.
Storing carrots: If you have a late variety of carrots and
live in a cold area where the ground will freeze you can lift all your
carrots and heel them in.
You need a cool room, garage or basement for this. Fill some bins or
boxes with slightly moist sand and the cleaned up carrots. Cover them
and keep them slightly moist.
If you have a cool basement you can also store them underneath potatoes.
Fill them into crates and cover them up with a layer of potatoes. The
the potatoes will prevent that your carrots will dry out.
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