Gardeners growing luscious carrots in a home garden often anticipate harvesting the first hearty carrots with eagerness. For best results, do not allow carrots to grow too large in a garden because they lose significant flavor as they get bigger. Pull the carrots from the soil carefully when they are no larger than 1.5 inches wide and prepare to enjoy your homegrown carrots. Store garden carrots carefully to enjoy them after harvest.
Pull the carrots from the soil gently by grasping the greens and pulling straight up. If the soil will not release the carrots easily, loosen the soil around the carrots with the hand rake and then pull the carrots.
Place the carrots into the colander and wash them thoroughly under cool water to remove all soil and dirt. Wash the carrot greens also if you intend to eat them.
Use a kitchen shears to cut the carrot greens from the carrots just above the tops of the carrots.
Place the carrots into a perforated produce bag. Seal the bag. Place the carrot greens into a separate perforated produce bag. Seal the bag.
Store both the carrots and the carrot greens in the produce drawer of the refrigerator. Keep the carrots for up to three weeks in the refrigerator and keep the carrot greens for approximately three days.