How to Grow Carrots

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Overview

Your mother may have told you to eat your carrots because they are good for your eyes. However, as an adult you know they taste good raw, steamed or cooked alongside a roast in the oven. Whether you have a large garden or just a small plot to grow vegetables, include carrots. You won't be sorry when you taste how delicious the fresh, orange vegetables taste.

Step 1

Plant your carrot seeds in early spring or late fall. Carrots love cool weather that doesn't dip below 55 degrees or above 75 degrees. Plant a new row every two weeks, until the temperature is too warm, so you have a continuous harvest.

Step 2

Prepare your soil. Carrots do best in a sandy soil. This means the soil must drain well. If you have a natural clay soil in your location, add compost. When you can squeeze a handful of soil and it breaks apart easily as you open your hand, the soil is ready for planting carrots. Rake the soil so it is smooth without rocks or dirt clods.

Step 3

Form rows in the soil. Take the pointed edge of your hoe and run it on one side of the row and then on the other side, about six inches away. This will form a long mound of soil in the center. Make your next carrot row about a foot and a half alongside the first row.

Step 4

Keep the soil moist but not sopping. Care must be taken when watering before the seeds germinate. They are very small and can easily blow away or be dislodged from heavy watering. Sprinkle lightly.

Step 5

Thin the carrots when there is about four inches of growth above ground. The plants should be approximately two inches apart.

Step 6

Harvest your carrots. You can check the size by removing the dirt just below the green stalk.You will be able to see how large the carrot is around. You can start harvesting them when they are finger-size. If the carrot is not ready, replace the dirt and let it grow larger.

Things You'll Need

  • Seeds
  • Compost (optional)
  • Hoe
  • Water

References

  • Gardening Know How
  • Gardener's Net
  • Department of Horticultural Sciences
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About this Author

Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.

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