The Q&A Archives: Growing Carrots

Question: How soon to plant carrots and proper soil preparation ?

Answer: Carrots like to grow in a deep, loose, sandy loam. If your soil falls short of this, try working in some organic matter like compost, composted cow manure, leaf mould, etc. Carrots like soil that is relatively low in nitrogen (being a root crop and all) and high in phosphorous and potassium. Adding wood ash is a good way to boost potassium. Ideal pH is around 6.5. Carrot seeds should be sown directly into the garden soil about 3-4 wks. prior to the last expected frost date for your area. Wet the soil before you plant and try to space the seeds about 1" apart (hard to do, seeds are tiny). I like to use those pelletized seeds because they are easier to handle. Cover the seeds with a half inch of loose, airy soil (make it loose and airy by adding organic matter such as compost). You can also cover the seedlings with vermiculite if you are so inclined, whatever you use, it must be light and airy. Water the seeds in after planting, use a light sprinkle, a hard dousing will move the seeds around.

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