Here are a few great tips for planting carrots in a backyard vegetable garden!
Learn easy ways to plant, water, and harvest growing carrots.
Soil preparation is key when sowing carrots in your home vegetable garden.
Add plenty of organic materials to the garden soil before planting carrot seeds.
Seeds will germinate in temperatures as low as 40 degrees, but grow better in temperatures reaching nearer 50 degrees.
An example of vegetable succession planning for Hardiness Zone 7, plant carrot in March to be followed by beets, then next in line, pepper.
Carrots require enriched soil that is moist, fertile, and drains well.
To prepare the soil for growing organic carrots, work plenty of organic matter into the seedbed before sowing carrots.
Add compost to the soil a month prior to planting and again two weeks after the seeds are planted.
Avoid using green manure.
When preparing the bed make certain you remove all large debris such as sticks and stones that could block the vegetable's growth down below.
Turn the garden bed soil and rake through it several times.
There are many varieties of carrots available but choose a type suitable for growing in your area.
only a glance through seed catalogs, you will find carrot varieties
ranging from the usual orange color to purple, white, and yellow colored
To name just a sampling:
Short varieties: Little Finger and Short ‘n Sweet.
Long varieties: King Midas and Goliath. Medium varieties: Tendersweet and Presto.
Sowing the seeds at the right growing temperatures is an important step in planting carrots successfully.
Seeds sown too early before the soil warms can cause the carrots to seed sooner than desired.
On the other hand, planting carrots when the ground is continually warm results in poor production.
Follow the recommended cultivation instructions for planting carrots according to the variety.
Growing carrots require moist soil, especially when sowing the seeds and as the first seedlings appear.
Vegetable companions for planting carrots are tomatoes, onions, leeks, peas, and chives.
Carrots are tasty cooked in stews, soups, or alone with sugar added. Yum!
Planting carrots, which are rich in vitamin A, are a healthy addition to the vegetable garden.
Pull the carrots out of the ground and enjoy! That's all folks!
"Carrots are divine, you get a dozen for a dime, it's magic"! ~ Bugs Bunny
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