Have you met Carrot?

Feb 19, 2013

The early spring is the time to plant these fellows!

Growing Carrots:

Using a pencil or stick, make a row 1/2″ deep along the length of the Pocket. Scatter about 10 seeds. Because carrot seeds require 14 to 21 days to sprout, many gardeners mix a few radish seeds,
which sprout quickly, with carrot seeds to mark the row. Carrots grow best in cool temperatures of early spring and late fall. Night temperatures of 55°F and day temperatures of 75°F are ideal for carrots. High temperatures cause poorly
colored, low-quality carrots — yuck! Water seeds every day until they germinate. Once roots have developed, water the plants as required to keep the soil moist to about 3″ deep. Once the plants emerge, fertilize again when the tops
are about 4″ high, and again when tops are 6″ to 8″ high if the tops become pale.

Harvesting Carrots:

Carrots should be ready for harvest approximately 70 to 80 days after planting. Pull them from the soil when the roots are 1″ to 1.5″ in diameter. To avoid breaking the carrot while pulling, loosen the soil around the carrot with your fingers. To
prevent the roots from wilting after harvest, remove the carrot tops and place them in the compost pile.

Common Problems:

If leaf spots appear on the plants, pull off the affected leaves. Remove from the garden any carrot plant that becomes yellow and stunted. If the roots have knots on them, your soil may have nematodes. Neem oil, and other organic
fungicides can be used.

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