How to grow Carrots in the Garden
Good preparation = good harvest
Some people are a little frightened of growing root vegetables on the basis they can't actually see if anything has gone right or wrong but with the right preparation and TLC, a good crop is uaually achieved.
This is the most important part of growing Carrots, a good prep will be rewarding.
The soil should be raked well and free of any stones.
A light sandy soil brings best results.
Compost and manure should not be added as this could cause the Carrots to fork.
Sowing and CultivationThe earliest crops can be sown 1/2" deep March to mid-April.
Best results and to avoid ever changing weather patterns can be obtained by sowing smaller amounts at two weekly intervals.
I find that making a note of the dates will help out with planning the following year's crops.
Once the Carrot leafs are about 4" high, thin out to leave individual plants 4" apart (depending on size variety, more or less as required). Although the thinned plant's roots will be small, they are very tasty and can be added to Salads or Casseroles.
Weeds are a never ending problem so hoeing between the rows is essential.
Harvesting and Storage
Often this is a bit of hit and miss, a Carrot which appears big at the top may be quite small and the heads you think are nothing can be enormous!
Carrots can be stored in sand inside a frost free Shed or Outhouse. Remove the tops as close to the crown as possible.
Pests and Diseases
Number one nuisance are Carrot Fly and it's surprising how fast they can attack. One day everything's good, the next day not.
The secret is protection...
Dates and times given may vary by Region and on the Variety chosen to grow. Please check the Seed Packets for individual guides.