Overwinter carrots - Knowledgebase Question

Bakersfield, Ve
Question by tonyv
March 2, 2010
Is it possible to plant carrots in the fall, cover them heavily and harvest in the spring? If so, what is the best covering and how thick should it be for zone 4?

Answer from NGA
March 2, 2010


If only it were possible! Carrots need lots of sunshine and soil temperatures above 45F in order to grow and produce flavorful roots. It takes about 3 months from seed to maturity so in your zone 4 garden it is possible for you to plant carrot seeds in September and then, instead of harvesting them all in November, you can apply a thick mulch (4-5") over the bed and harvest at will - but before the ground freezes solid. Once frozen, the carrots can turn to mush. Hope you have a great harvest!

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