Growing Carrots

Carrots grow very well in cool temperatures like in early spring or fall. To ensure healthy growth, they should be planted ten days before the last predicted frost. They can be grown on large or small spaces, containers or even flower beds.

Soil quality. Make sure that the soil used is sandy loam. It should also be well-drained. Remove trash and rocks. Other organic materials can be retained to make the soil rich. Too compact soil or rocky ones can cause slow maturity of the carrots and rough roots.

Before planting, it is recommended to mix the soil with fertilizer. Compost is great for your plants.

Spacing and depth. Plant carrot seeds in rows 12 to 24 inches apart from each other. The distance of seeds in the plot should be 1-2 inches apart and should be half an inch deep. A thin layer of peat moss should used to cover the seeds and cover with soil afterwards. Water the seedbed.

Cover the seed bed with clear plastic. This will provide heat and promote seed germination. The plastic cover can be removed once in a while when watering the plants. From time to time, check for any weeds growing in the bed.

Growth. When they start to show up, you can then remove the plastic cover permanently. Adjust the spacing of the carrot seedlings so they are three to four inches apart from each other.

After spacing, mulch the carrot bed with compost to retain moisture. To keep off pests, soak the carrot bed with wood ashes and water once every week.

Harvesting. Your carrots can be ready for harvest after three months. The largest carrots can be identified because of their greenest tops. Soak the soil with water for easier pulling.

When harvesting, pull the carrots by their tops and by making a twisting motion. You can remove the carrots from the bed with the help of a spade if the greens break off.

Carrots can survive longer after three months; however, it shouldn’t take so long to harvest them since this will cause the plant to dry up and split.

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