Carrots come in all sizes and colors from short “Little Fingers” that only grow about 4″ long to the standard 8″ – 10″ carrot. They also come in purple, yellow, creamy white, and orange.
The carrot is a relative of anise, caraway, and parsley, originating over 2000 years ago in Afghanistan. Carrots are exceptionally rich sources of vitamin A, B complex, vitamin C, carotene, and cancer fighting agents. Carrots will keep for a long time in the refrigerator or root cellar (with tops off). They are loved all over the world by man and animals alike.If you’ve ever wondered hot to grow carrots after a failed attempt – you’re not alone. Carrots are one of the more difficult crops to grow. First of all, the seeds are tiny and the seedlings are very tiny. If your soil crusts over, its over.
The seedling shoot will not be strong enough to break through the crust. So, keep the planting bed evenly moist during germination and prepare it with lots of compost so there will be little in the way of the tap root or the first shoot breaking the soil.
Wait until your soils are between 70 and 80 degrees for quickest germination. Create a trench that is about 2 inches deep. Load it with Azomite and a bit of compost. Don’t overseed as it will mean hours spent thinning. A good rule of thumb is 16 – 20 seeds per 1 foot of row and space the rows 12″ apart. Water deeply as it will help drive the taproot down.
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