FoodProduction101

How to plant carrots

April 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Root Vegetables

Monday 4-9-2012

What types of carrots?

One thing that is great about growing your own food is that you can plant many different varieties of vegetables and fruits that you could never find in a grocery store. You can of course find an abundance of carrots, but not the varieties I will be planting.

1. St Valery – Very productive, sweet, red-orange roots

2. Paris Market- French heirloom, grows in 1-2” diameter balls, very sweet. Great for shallow or rocky soil

3. Dragon- Sweet, spicy flavor. Reddish purple exterior is a striking contrast to the orange-yellow interior.

  

Tools needed?

Pointed hoe

 

Timing?

You can plant carrots as soon as the soil is warm enough to dig, and the chance of a hard frost has passed. Early spring is good timing.

 

Soil type?

Likes a sandy loam, and does not like manure. This is where I run into problems each year. I should find a different area to grow my carrots, because my plots are heavily composted each year, and I do have some problems with my carrots forking in those situations. I may make some raised beds at some point for them. Stay tuned, I will come up with a solution.

 

Companions that carrots love?

Sage, leeks, rosemary, beans

 

Companions that love carrots?

Tomatoes, lettuce, onions, chives

 

Depth?

Carrot seed is a small sized seed that requires a depth of 1/4 inch.  

 

Spacing?

I put carrots 1/2 inch apart, and then thin them to 2 inches apart as they come up.     

 

How to plant the seed?

1. I mulch my garden, so I first take the side of my pointed hoe and gently pull the mulch away from the area I am going to plant.

 

Mulch pulled back                                                                           Very shallow trench

 

2. I make a very shallow ¼ inch deep trench for the carrot seed.

 

3. I drop the seed in the trench 1/2 inch apart by taking a small pile of seed in my left hand, then taking a pinch of seed from the pile in my right hand. I then roll the seed between my thumb and index finger as I move my hand along my trench dropping seed in as I go. You will not get perfect spacing this way, and you will waste some seed, but it is a lot quicker than trying to plant each seed one at a time.

 

4. I gently rake only the soil back over the trench with the side of my pointed hoe.

 

5. I lightly tamp the area with the back of the pointed hoe to connect the seed to the soil.

 

6. I push the mulch very near where I planted the carrots, but I will wait for the carrots to get some height before putting the rest of the mulch back.

 

7. Water your seeds in. Make sure to keep the soil moist until germination.

 

Finished product with mulch pushed back, stopping just before my planted carrot seed

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