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Growing Carrot

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(Best months for growing Carrot in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 2 - 12 inches apart
  • Harvest in 12-18 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Onions, Leeks, Lettuce, Sage, Peas, Radishes, Tomatoes, Beans, Celery, Rosemary
  • Avoid growing close to: Parsnips, Beetroot, Dill, Brassicas, Fennel

Your comments and tips

30 Jun 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The guide say 12-18 weeks - so baby carrots probably closer to the 12 + weeks. I would say no different growing them. A round carrot called Paris Market takes 55-70 days.
15 Jun 17, Megan (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I planted carrot seedlings from bunnings I thought each separate square of the tray would be one carrot, heaps grew all tangled together, I separated what I could, and replanted the ones that still had roots, will they still grow? Also when sowing first, do. I plant one seed per space or multiple seed and seperate when transplanting? Any advice is appreciated!
09 Sep 17, Carole (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I did the same thing. Planted each cell and ended up with clumps of carrot spaghetti. I have now planted seed directly into the garden. I got enough odd shapes big enough to do a meal so that's ok. All a learning curve.
16 Jun 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Carrots need to be in thin rows and spaced out. Best to have your soil quite fine - smooth over with a rake to make very level. Pick a few seeds at a time and try and plant them thinly. Keep well watered until the germinate and protect form the sun. Your seedlings may grow - protect them until they are established.
15 Jun 17, Jack (Australia - temperate climate)
Punnets of carrot seedlings are often like this because the seed is fine and it is difficult to sow singly. Most of the seedlings will grow. It is far better to grow carrots from direct sown seed as there is no transplanting setback. mix the seed with some dry sand so you can sow it more thinly. Add pepper to the row to stop the ants from helping themselves. The seedlings are very fine so make sure they are kept moist. use the thinnings as 'baby carrots'.
11 Jun 17, BARBARA ADAMS TAYLOR (USA - Zone 6a climate)
Is it too late to plant carrots in zone 6a on the 11th of June? Thank you
08 Jun 17, Shane Cave (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Nematodes are ruining my carrots, what can I do?
09 Jun 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Short of sterilising the soil (not recommended) you have a number of options. Crop rotation is you first option; by doing this you will be breaking the cycle of these pests. Plant nematode-resistant varieties; this is not so easy as seed will probably only be available from commercial seed companies. Plant marigolds in the season before your carrots: the pungent smelling marigold roots give off a substance that will deter nematodes. In some South-East Asian countries villagers do this to protect their vegetables, linking the gold flower to Buddha who is said to be protecting their crops. Trust this helps/
09 Oct 17, Leigh (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
My aunty swore by growing carrots in sand, I tried it by pouring sand into the hole at planting time, I didn't have any problems( it could have been beginers luck, am trying again this year in a different spot in the garden). That said I don't know if this was to deter nematodes or carrot rustfly/ or eelworms. Good luck
17 Apr 17, Julie (Australia - temperate climate)
carrots not that great. what is my soil lacking? Rgds Julie
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My aunty swore by growing carrots in sand, I tried it by pouring sand into the hole at planting time, I didn't have any problems( it could have been beginers luck, am trying again this year in a different spot in the garden). That said I don't know if this was to deter nematodes or carrot rustfly/ or eelworms. Good luck

- Leigh

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