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Growing Carrot

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(Best months for growing Carrot in Australia - tropical 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 8°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 5 - 30 cm 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
  • A few seedlings
    A few seedlings
  • Very young carrot seedlings
    Very young carrot seedlings

A hardy root vegetable which grows well in deep cool soil. Carrots take about 3 weeks to show themselves and the first leaves look like grass . If broadcast sowing, mix with radish seeds which will germinate quickly and indicate the sown area. In hotter or dry areas, water well before seeding then cover with boards to maintain the moisture and cool soil for more successful germination. Check every week or so.

Over fertilised ground will produce split roots. Protect against carrot fly. It is best to put carrots in a different area of the garden each year for four or five years.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Carrot

Steamed or raw carrots are tasty. Cook them in a small amount of water until nearly dry then add a pat of butter and teasp of brown sugar to glaze.
They can be added to most casserole-type dishes.
Grate raw carrots and add to salads

Your comments and tips

04 Oct 17, Dale (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have just pulled up my first ever organic purple garlic, a little small but I'm happy.Can I put Carrots in the ground that the garlic grew in,if not what can I put in. Thanks
05 Oct 17, Darren (Australia - temperate climate)
With plenty of compost and aged manure added, root veggies would be a good choice to follow garlic.
25 Aug 17, Justin (Australia - temperate climate)
I got carrot seeds to grow in 1 week, that's right, I soaked the seeds in warm water for 24 hours then sowed them out & covered with a thin layer of sugar cane mulch.
29 Aug 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
An old trick was to put a damp hessian bag on the seeds until they germinated. Or today you could use shade cloth - probably the 90% the best. Cost about $10/m 1800mm wide.
28 Aug 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Bet you had fun trying to plant out small wet carrot seeds.
05 Oct 17, Ashmoore (Australia - temperate climate)
I just buy the ones on tape,so basically just lay the tape down and lightly cover and water
29 Jun 17, Bec (Australia - temperate climate)
How long does it take to grow baby carrots, and is it different to planting normal carrots?
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.
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