How to Grow Carrots
Prepare your planting area: Make sure that there are no underground obstructions, such as existing root vegetables or rocks. Obstructions can cause stunted or forked carrots.
Wet the area you will be planting in prior to adding seeds.
Sowing the seeds: Sow the seeds shallowly (about ¼”) deep and 1 ½ - 2” apart. Sprinkle just a pinch of seeds, about 3-5 per hole. Gently draw soil from the edges of your hole, back over your seeds so they are well covered
Add just a light dash of water to your newly planted seeds, careful not to press down on the newly planted surface area.
Maintain moisture in the top layer of soil until you see germination, be careful watering to minimize disturbing the seeds. This should take about 10-20 days. The timing will vary depending upon the soil temperature.
Thin carrots to be 1 inch apart, when the tops are 2 inches high. Crowded carrots will produce crooked roots. Thin again 2 weeks later to 3 to 4 inches apart.
Baby carrots are usually ready to harvest 50 to 60 days from the planting date. Mature carrots need a few more weeks and are usually ready in about 75 days. Most carrots are ready to harvest when the shoulders are 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter, but there is variation depending on the variety.
Did you know that the way you prepare and eat your carrots can impact how healthy they are for you? We’ve listed a few tips below to get the most out of your carrots!
Carrots are at their most nutritious if eaten cooked, specifically if they are sautéed or steamed.
Slice or chop your carrots after they have been cooked to retain the most nutrition as possible.
Beta-carotene is a pigment found in carrots that the human body converts into vitamin A. Beta-carotene needs to be coated in fat for greatest absorption, so serve up your carrots with oil or fat for best results!