Carrots: planting & care guide
Did you know that carrots were not always orange as they are today? In fact, they used to be white, and often confused with turnips. Today, they are also available in yellow, red, and purple. The purple carrot has many benefits and is very sweet. How about planting one of these varieties?
For good tasting carrots, plant them in the sun and prepare your soil beforehand. Well-drained soil, without stones, light soil, and soil that has been nourished before planting to guarantees quality. Carrots also like slightly sandy soil.
Carrots can be planted in the middle of winter under a tarpaulin or tunnel, but ideally, they should be planted from March to at least July in the ground.
When you plant the seeds in a row, do not hesitate to mix them with sand.
After the first leaves emerge, you can start thinning and spacing the plants so that growth is not impeded. Adjust the distances according to the type of carrots.
Water regularly to avoid a too dry soil, and hoe and mulch to protect against weeds.
The most dangerous pest for carrots is the carrot fly. Yellowish coloured larvae attack the carrot from the roots. That’s why mulch is necessary on a vegetable garden.
Harvest takes place from July for the first plants and spreads out until November. Some harvests can also be done at the very beginning of the season, in April and May, for early carrots.
Remember to rotate the vegetables during the following season, do not replant carrots in the same place to improve the quality of your soil.