Carrots are easy to grow as long they are in loose soil during the growing season. Carrots have a sweet flavor and satisfying crunch. Scarlet Nantes Carrots require no peeling. Sow from early spring until mid summer. Grow them directly in the ground or in deep containers.
Companion Planting for Carrots
Plant carrots with beans, Brassicas, chives, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, pole beans, radish, rosemary, sage, and tomatoes. Avoid planting with dill, parsnips, and potatoes. It is best to keep some space between the carrots so they don’t compete for available phosphorus.
Planting: Plant your carrots in rows that are 1 to 2 feet apart. Seeds should be planted about a ½ inch deep and 1 to 2 inches apart. Carrots can be sown early, after danger of heavy frost is over. Sow every two weeks thereafter for continuous harvest, or simply sow a second crop in midsummer for fall harvest. In frost free areas, sow in fall.
Watering: Deep consistent watering in rich soil.
Fertilizer: Prior to planting, add an organic fertilizer to the soil. Low maintenance.
Days to Maturity: 65-70 days. Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days.
Size: Carrot size 7-12″
Harvesting: To make harvesting easier, soak your carrot bed with water before pulling. Twist the tops off while pulling the roots up. Cut the greens off the top after harvest to about ¼ – ½ inches above the shoulder. This will help the carrot to keep longer as the greens can take moisture from the root.
Tips: Carrots grow continuously after you plant them. They also don’t take too long to mature. You can start the first crop in mid spring after threat of frost has passed and continue to plant new seeds every two weeks for continuous harvest through the fall.
Cooking Carrots: Can be eaten fresh, cooked, or added to any meal. Can be canned and cooked in vinegar.