Here’s how to plant carrots in your garden this year so you can enjoy these tasty, nutritious veggies straight from the garden, as fresh as can be.
They are so worth the effort it takes to get them going. But once they get started, they’re low maintenance and the reward of pulling a sweet carrot right out of the ground is pretty awesome.
We have grown yellow ones, white ones, orange ones and purple ones. The classic orange Scarlet Nantes is our favorite, but Purple Haze is pretty awesome too. The others are add a lovely color variety, but the sweetest flavor is in the orange carrots – at least we think so.
Here’s a little info about carrots that helped us figure out our planting strategy.
- Carrots are a cool weather crop, so it’s fine to plant them early in the spring (even before the May long weekend in Zone 2b-3).
- They take about 10-14 days to germinate, which is really long compared to peas, beans or lettuce.
- Their seeds are small and hard to plant individually so consider broadcast seeding – that’s the technical term for sprinkling seeds over a patch rather than planting single seeds evenly spaced apart.
- They need even soil moisture (damp not puddling) throughout germination and the early growing stage. Definitely critical to their growing success – water your carrot seeds regularly!
- They prefer lighter soil so the roots can grow long and straight.
- Good companion plants for carrots are onions to help keep the carrot fly away.
After seeding, we cover the seeds with a light layer of compost. Just a light, thin layer that will help keep the moisture in. Then we watered the bed and covered the whole thing with a light layer of straw/hay/leaves. This covering should help keep the bed moist, as long as we keep watering it, that is.
We like when Mother Nature helps out with spring rains, but we’ve grown enough carrots to know that we get the best results when the watering is consistent.
So many lovely carrots. I can’t wait!
Here are a few other How To’s to get your gardening going:
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