Dig for victory...or maybe just for your dinner, with this helpful guide to growing carrots.
Carrots are veggies that we all know and love and they’re a pretty incredible crop to grow at home, especially when you get to pull those edible orange harvests out of the ground. They can be vulnerable to pests, such as the notable carrot fly, but you can easily avoid this nuisance if you choose to grow shorter carrot varieties in containers.
It takes two hours to prepare and sow your seeds based on one vegetable bed one metre wide by two metres long.
Preparing the area
It's very important to ensure you place the carrots in a sunny location and provided with well-drained soil.
Add organic fertiliser such as well-rotted manure. Use a rake to spread it on the vegetable bed. Use shovel to dig and turn the ground to mix it with the fertiliser. Leave for a couple of days before planting the seeds.
Sow carrots between April and July, placing seeds at a depth of 13mm deep, with rows about 15cm apart to allow plenty of growing room. Sow thinly to avoid clumping.
Make a small trough on the surface of the soil by drawing a pencil through the compost, and sow as thinly as possible. When seedlings begin to appear, pinch out plants too closely together so that each carrot is between 5cm and 7.5cm apart.
Carrots won’t need watering unless there is a severe drought. In this case, water every 10 to 14 days.
Caring and harvesting
Throughout the season, whether you’re growing in the veggie patch or cultivating short rooted carrots in containers and grow bags, hand weed to keep invasive plants to a minimum.
It’s especially important to avoid crushing foliage as the smell that’s released will attract carrot fly.
About 12 weeks after sowing, you can begin to harvest, ensuring that you pull carrots early so you don’t compromise taste for size.