Carrots are nutritious, easy to grow, and should be in everyone’s garden. I remember as a child, we were allowed to pull heirloom carrots as long as they were large enough and we didn’t waste them. Mom grew some mighty tasty organic carrots! Today, whenever we buy them in the store, I am always disappointed by their taste. Hybrids are bred for looks and production (profit), and taste is not high on the priority list. Grow your own heirlooms and you will again know the bliss of fresh carrots. It will surprise your children as well and they will realize real food is delicious!
Carrots do best in light, sandy loam. Aged manure is ok, but fresh manure will cause them to fork and have odd shapes. If you soil is heavy, you should double dig the bed before planting. Plant 3-4 weeks before the last frost. You can sow them every 4-6 weeks to have carrots all summer long. In the fall they will last well in the ground in usable condition. Prepare your soil by removing any hard clods or rocks. Seed is very small and should only be covered with 1/8″ of fine soil. Carrots take between 1-3 weeks to emerge. They need to be kept moist during that time so water carefully so as not to blast the seed or seedling out of the ground. Read More