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Learn how to grow carrots

Carrots are great sources of antioxidants and vitamins. You can eat them raw, make juice out of them, toss grated strips in salads or cook them as vegetable dishes. If you want to know how to grow carrots for the experience or to have your own little garden, we give you practical tips so you can get the best harvest possible.

What you will need

Know how to grow carrots properly so you will get a good harvest that you can put on your table or give to friends, family and neighbours. Planting carrots is not very difficult and if you follow the rules you can enjoy a bumper yield.

  • Preparation

Carrots need loose soil. If your garden bed has lots of rocks, make sure to remove them. Rake the soil and take out the little rocks that are in it. For heavy soils, add lots of heavy compost. You can also plant carrots on raised garden beds.

  • Seeding

Carrots are temperate crops, but they do not like frost. Hence, you should start to plant carrots at least 3-5 weeks before the last expected frost.

Broadcast seeds or plant them in rows. Put about 6-8 seeds per inch and respect the distance or spacing. Cover the areas where you put the seeds with compost. Water the area gently so the seeds will not wash away. Keep the soil moist regularly for a good germination.

Depending on the rate of germination, make sure to thin out the carrots. Space them out least one inch apart. Remember, crowded carrots will not thrive. You can thin them out again after two weeks increasing the distance from 3 to 4 inches.

  • Mulching

Apply mulch to lock the moisture in and even reduce weeds. If you forget to water your crops, you can gradually restore moisture over several days.

  • Fertilising

Fertilise your carrots 5 to 6 weeks after sowing.

  • Harvesting

Start harvesting as soon as the carrots are big enough to eat which will be after two and a half months of planting.

Threats

Carrots are easy to grow because they don’t have a lot of threats. Their biggest enemies are deer, gophers and rabbits. You might also get carrot rust flies or parsley worms. As you can see, it is fairly easy to learn how to grow carrots so you can enjoy a bumper harvest anytime.

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