Growing Carrots - Knowledgebase Question

Telford, TN
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Question by huscroft
January 17, 1998
In our area, we have a difficult time growing carrots due to the hard red clay. We would like the name of a variety that would do well for us (if possible).

Answer from NGA
January 17, 1998
There are three varieties that reportedly grow well in heavy or poor soils. They are 'Royal Chantenay', 'Thumbelina', and 'Short 'n Sweet'. All of these varieties are available from Burpee. You can obtain them by calling Burpee at 1-800-888-1447 or, by visiting the website. You would probably have a great deal of success if you tried to improve your soil a bit by adding in lots of organic matter such as compost, leaf mould, or composted cow manure. This will not only improve the soil's composition, it will enrich it with a lot of nutrients that all plant life needs. Adding in organic material does wonders for clay soils if done consistently. Also, have you considered growing carrots in containers? Both 'Royal Chantenay' and 'Thumbelina' are well suited for this. Half whiskey barrels work great!

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