When and how to plant carrots?
Delicious, sweet and crunchy, I love garden carrots! But planting and growing carrots in your vegetable garden is not always as easy as you would like to believe!
Since carrots take a little effort to grow well, here are some tips and tricks for planting and growing them well at home.
1. When and how to grow carrots?
Before moving on to tips and tricks to help carrots grow, it is important to know when and how to sow seeds and grow carrots.
Is it possible to sow carrots?
Unlike other garden fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers and beans, carrot seedlings cannot be grown in the house. Indeed, early sowing is to be avoided, because carrots should never be moved and transplanted.
Sow carrot seeds directly into garden soil!
So as soon as the temperature exceeds 10°C and there is no longer any risk of frost on the ground, you can plant the carrot seeds in the ground.
2. Grow carrots in a vegetable garden
The best way to grow carrots is of course to grow them directly in a vegetable garden on the ground or in gardening stockings.
Here are some tips and tricks for growing them well:
- A continuous harvest: To harvest carrots throughout the season, you can sow seeds every 10 days or so. So you will have a good harvest of carrots continuously.
- Prepare the ground: To promote the growth of carrots and other vegetables, it is important to work well and stir the soil 30 to 45 centimeters deep. Also add some compost.
- Properly sow the seeds: For a uniform growth of carrots, it is necessary to make furrows 1 to 2 centimeters deep spaced 30 centimeters between each. Then sow the seeds, spacing them 3 centimeters apart and cover with a little soil.
- What kind of soil: For the cultivation of carrots it is important to reserve a space in the garden with light soil or even deep sandy soil for good growth and growth of carrots.
3. Watering carrots in the garden
Watering is an important part of growing vegetables in the vegetable garden and carrots are no exception.
If the weather is dry and it rarely rains it is important to water the soil and the carrots regularly, especially during the first weeks.
An irrigation system for the vegetable garden:
If you wish, you can also buy or better make a drip irrigation system for the vegetable garden. Inexpensive, you will gain in efficiency and time during your gardening work this summer thanks to this system.
4. When to harvest carrots in the garden?
Regardless of the vegetable, it is important not to harvest too quickly or, on the contrary, to wait too long.
So how do you know if the carrots are well grown and ready to harvest? Here is some information to know about it:
- Carrots grow and mature in about 60 days to 120 days depending on the variety.
- For juicier and tender carrots you can harvest them a little earlier, although smaller.
- It is better and easier to harvest carrots when the soil is moist.
- Use a pitchfork to lift the soil and carrot plants and simply pull them by the leaves.
- To be certain that the carrot is ready, just observe its collar and if the size is about 2 centimeters, it is correct, it can be harvested.
5. What vegetables are “friendly” to carrots in a vegetable garden?
To help the growth and health of carrots, you can sow and plant other vegetables with your carrots.
Leek and carrot:
The smell of leeks will effectively ward off the carrot fly which can wreak havoc on your crop. And on the other side, carrot will protect against leek moth.
Other vegetables and herbs to plant with carrots:
- the lettuce
- the onion
- the tomato
- the cabbage
Onions and carrots are also a good combination in the garden, so come and discover our tips on onions here: How to have big onions?
6. Other tips and tricks for growing carrots
- Growing your carrots in the sun: Carrots need lots of sun to grow. It is therefore important to place your crop in full sun.
- Add manure to the garden: Feel free to add and mix manure into the soil to promote the growth of carrots and other garden vegetables.
- Water thoroughly: If it does not rain a lot and the weather is dry, you must water abundantly in the beginning to moisten the soil in depth.
- For small spaces: If you live in town or only have a balcony you can grow carrots in pots. A superb alternative for those who do not have access to a garden.
- Weed the weeds: To promote the growth of carrots and vegetables, it is important to manually weed the vegetable garden regularly.