Best Tips To Grow Carrots

Grow Carrots Throughout the Season

Backyard gardeners can easily grow carrots. There are in fact a tremendous number of carrot varieties, and each one can be harvested at different times during the growing season. Before you start to plant and grow carrots, you’ll want to check the time to maturity that’s printed somewhere on the seed packet.

Generally, carrots can be harvested about 20 days before their listed maturity date. If you do pick them very early, you’ll get the more tender baby version of that carrot variety. Harvesting carrots more towards their full maturity date gives them more time to develop higher concentrations of sugars and more flavor.grow carrots

Pulling your carrots out of the garden soil couldn’t be simpler. Just firmly grasp the green top foliage and gently pull it up out of the soil. You can give yourself some help using a small garden trowel along side the carrot root, especially if your soil isn’t very loose. If you accidentally pull too hard and yank the top off, just remain calm and gently dig it up with a small garden fork. Once you have some experience and grow carrots for a few seasons, this will become second nature.

Harvesting should be done early before the soil gets too hot in summer. For instance, carrots planted in March can usually be harvested in late April or early May. Once they’re harvested, plan to replant that same area with a different vegetable crop like lettuce. When you grow carrots you’ll make a wonderful addition to your backyard vegetable garden.

Grow Carrots in a Bucket

If you suffer from the packed clay soil that so many gardeners do, sometimes trying to grow certain vegetables forces you to figure out a way around this problem. Clay soils just don’t grow many vegetable varieties well. Especially with root vegetables, it becomes a particular challenge because for your carrots to grow a nice long straight root you need soft and friable soil, not the concrete that passes for soil in many parts of the country.

A very simple solution to the problem is to grow your carrots in buckets. This is a container version of raised bed gardening done on a micro scale. You can take seedlings planted a few weeks earlier and place them quite close together in a 3 gallon bucket containing a good composted soil  or potting mix. In 6 to 8 weeks you can have 12 inch long carrots ready to eat. See the video to learn how to plant and grow carrots in these buckets.

Raising Carrots in Your Garden

You’ll want to start your carrots in your vegetable garden about 2 weeks before the last frost in your area. Make sure that your soil is loose to a depth of about 4 to 6 inches. Go ahead and add some compost or manure to enhance your soil. Make a furrow with a garden trowel about an inch deep, then add your carrot seeds, usually about 2 to 4 seeds per inch. Cover them with about a half inch of soil and then water them in. Make sure that they are watered about once per week and keep them as weed free as possible because they don’t compete well with most weed species. If you keep them weeded, watered and happy, in about three months time you’ll have a really nice crop of carrots. Check out the video here.