Sowing Your Seeds
Prepare your planting area by removing underground obstructions such as existing roots. Wet the area prior to planting seeds.
Create a small row (about ¼” deep) with your finger the length you want your carrots to grow.
Use the row guide we have included to sow in straight line.
Sow 3-5 carrot seeds and sow them about every 1”.
Carefully fill in the row with soil and gently press down.
Using a watering can with a breaker, or a hose with a shower head, gently water the area you have seeded.
Helpful hint: If you are using a hose, use your hand at the end to control the flow and pressure. Water gently to avoid disturbing the seeds.
Maintain moisture in the top layer of soil until you see germination, be careful watering to minimize disturbing the seeds.
Germination 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!