Grow Your Own Carrots
Carrots are a tasty and versatile vegetable. Grated raw into salads, lightly boiled and served with the Sunday roast, eaten young or mature they are hard to beat.
How to Grow CarrotsCarrots do best in a light, well-drained soil in a sunny position. If your soil is heavy or stony it may be a good idea to choose a short variety of carrot. Alternatively grow your carrots in a deep, raised bed with a soil ph of over 6.5.
Before sowing carrot seed in the vegetable plot prepare the soil well, digging it as deeply as possible and removing as many big stones as you can. It is better to dig in any properly rotted down manure or compost at least a year before sowing carrot seed to avoid the risk of root forking.
Germination of carrot seed is very poor at temperatures below 7 degrees Centigrade or if the soil is very wet. To get the earliest possible outdoor crop of carrots use cloches to raise the temperature of the soil. Sow a quick-maturing variety like Nantes.
By sowing early and then maincrop carrot seeds it is possible to harvest fresh carrots for several months.
Sow the seeds about 1/4 inch deep in rows. Leave 12 inches between each row. When the seedlings appear thin them out to a distance of 3-4 inches.
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