Growing Carrot

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    P P P P P          

(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
  • Carrot harvest (commons.wikimedia.org - woodleywonderworks - CC BY 2.0)
  • A few 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

31 Jul 20, Richard Allan (Australia - temperate climate)
If sowing when it is hot, cover with hession or a couple of layers of old shadecloth. The idea is to keep the soil moist and not let it dry out at all
03 Aug 20, Anonymous (Australia - temperate climate)
A good idea to do this anytime. And to do it when transplanting seedlings especially when the seedlings are bare rooted (no soil around them). I have a 2m x 2m x .4m high frame with 30% shade cloth.
03 Jun 20, Teresa Killeen (Australia - temperate climate)
What kind of ferttiliser do carrots like, if any? Is organic fertiliser okay for them? I sprinkled some around & watered in, but am I damaging the veg doing this?
04 Jun 20, Melinda Schwab (USA - Zone 8a climate)
You need lower Nitrogen to make good root crops so something like this is your go to for carrots, beets, turnips etc. Happy Gardening! https://www.americanseedco.com/shop/5-10-10/
05 Jun 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
We don't have fert mixes like that in Aussie generally. In the USA you seem to be able to buy a lot of 5-5-5, 8-8-8, 10-10-10 or similar. In Aussie we have organic of generally about 4-2-2. Synthetics of around 10-15N, 3-5P, 4-8K. Or if you are a farmer a customised mix.
03 Jun 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
A fertiliser low in N, too much N and you end up growing a lot of leaf. A good idea is to put your fertiliser in the soil a week or so before planting and mix it in/over a few times and watering it each time, this allows the micro- organisms in the soil to convert it into usable nutrient. Check the N P K of the fert. Some organics are real low say 1.8%N, rooster booster is about 4%N. A handful or two of that spread over a square metre. All depends what the soil was like before you started.
24 Mar 20, Sally (Australia - temperate climate)
Can I plant carrots at this time of year I just put some cauliflowers in what’s the best way to protect from pests Thankyou
24 Mar 20, Another gardener (Australia - temperate climate)
Carrots, learn how to use this website please, the info is there. Best protection is to cover them with a fine netting. Check for grubs every day. Read about organic sprays or go and buy chemical sprays.
17 Nov 19, Jenny (Australia - temperate climate)
I often plant carrot seeds in Adelaide and they are always successful. I need to plant more but wondered if it was advisable to plant just before a heatwave? Tomorrow is forecast 31, tuesday 34 and wed is 40. Thanks jenny
18 Nov 19, Another gardener (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Anything planted in hot to extremely hot needs protection from the sun/heat. Very small seeds are planted very shallow. With hot temps the top few mm of soil dries out very quickly. Very hard to germinate when the soil is very hot/dry some of the day then wet from watering. Try to keep the soil temp as constant as possible and moist. I use a 1.8mx1.8mx.5m high wood frame with shade cloth on it. I have 30%, 70% and 90% shade cloth.
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my first crop of carrots were short and stumpy - tasted good but not as i expected. i then tried Dutch carrots and so far they are also short and stumpy - i planted them after cabbage as i read this was good for carrots. I look forward to any suggestions Thankyou

- Jackie McCormack

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