5 Straightforward Steps To Develop Carrots ALL YEAR ROUND.


Carrots are very easy to grow.

They just need a temperature between 7° and 29°C.

Suffice to say that they can be grown everywhere and even in winter in greenhouses.

here is how to grow beautiful carrots all year round in just 5 easy steps. Look :

Tips before you start

Choose early or early varieties such as:

– the « Amsterdam » (ripe in 55 days)

– « Chantenay à coeur rouge » (ripe in 70 days)

– « Nantaise » (ripe in 70 days)

– the « Nantes Touchon » (mature in 65 days)

– « Presto » (ripe in 50 days).

Carrots germinate slowly and need protection in cold weather.

Also protect seedlings from birds and heavy rain with burlap.

If the temperature drops below 5°C or if it freezes, put the carrot seedlings in a greenhouse.

Carrots are difficult to transplant, so sow them directly in the right place.

And keep the place moist to promote rapid germination and steady growth.

Step 1: prepare the soil well

prepare the land for planting carrots

If you plant the seeds directly in your garden, prepare a small raised mound of soil.

Turn the soil over 30 cm.

If the soil is clay, add sand or old compost.

Then turn it all over with the fork.

Break up clods and remove stones.

Sprinkle the soil with phosphorus-rich bone meal which promotes the growth of carrots.

But do not add manure that contains nitrogen because it promotes the development of leaves and not roots.

Water the soil evenly and deeply and let it sit for a day or two before sowing the carrots.

Step 2: sow the seeds

small carrot seeds for sowing

Since carrot seeds are tiny, it is very easy to sow too many.

To avoid this, mix seeds with sand in the palm of your hand.

It makes sowing easier and you will know exactly where the seeds have been deposited.

The other solution is to use a paper tape.

This is the best way to evenly space carrot seeds.

This avoids having to thin the seedlings later.

With a rake or a small hoe, dig a furrow 3 cm deep.

Then, sow the seeds every 2.5 cm on the small mound you have prepared.

This allows water to pass between the different mounds and leave the soil moist.

After sowing, lightly cover the seeds with moss, peat or potting soil for 0.5 cm.

Finally, lightly tamp the soil with the palm of your hand.

Why ?

This allows the seeds to have good contact with the soil, which is essential for germination.

Step 3: protect the seedlings well

small sprout of carrots

As we have just seen, carrot seeds are not sown deep.

It is therefore necessary to protect them from heavy rain.

For this, use a protective veil like this one.

When the weather is hot and dry, use strips of burlap to cover the planting rows.

Consider moistening the burlap to keep the seedlings moist until the seeds germinate.

Monitor, lifting the canvas every 2 days.

When the seeds have germinated, remove the burlap.

If temperatures drop below 7°C, also protect the seeds.

Step 4: keep the carrots moist

carrot growing in compost

It is important to keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate.

During the first 2 weeks, wet the soil, once or twice a day with a spray.

Don’t let the soil dry out.

Once the carrots have sprouted, continue to moisten the soil with the spray until they are well rooted.

When the roots begin to grow well, deeper watering will allow the carrot to grow steadily and steadily.

This consists of keeping soil moisture just below the tips of the deepest roots.

Why ? Because the roots use water as a path to go deeper and grow.

When green leaves begin to wilt, it means watering is needed.

When the soil is more than 7 cm dry, it is also really time to water.

Eliminate weeds from carrot beds as well.

Indeed, they compete with carrots and rob them of moisture and growing space.

5. Thin seedlings and eat

pull carrots the right way

Spread the carrots about an inch apart to allow for growth without the roots getting in the way.

If they are too close together, thin the row.

This means that you can remove the excess carrots.

Cut the tops off at ground level with scissors before the roots develop.

You can eat the leaves you removed in a salad.

Carrots are ready to harvest when you see a big red crown sticking out of the ground.

It is you who will judge the size of the carrots according to your tastes.

New carrots can be eaten in salads.

Push the dirt away from the crown of the carrots to harvest them by pulling on them.

Once the roots are about 4cm in diameter or more, they will be sweet and tasty enough to eat.

My advice : sow various varieties carrots: there are excellent ones with pretty purple, yellow or white colors!

As they do not all mature at the same time, you can harvest them throughout the summer.

Your turn…

Have you tried these grandmother’s tricks for growing carrots? Let us know in the comments if it worked for you. We can’t wait to read you!

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