Carrots: Planting, Growing, and Harvesting

Noun Challenge: July 3, 2014

Today’s noun: Carrot

I figured it would be fun to do some tips on planting, growing, and harvesting carrots. Lots of people like to grow their own vegetables now, so maybe this could help some new gardeners!

Planting tips:

  • Plant your seeds outside about 3 or 4 weeks before the last frost
  • Plant seeds a few inches apart, in rows, with each row about 1 foot apart
  • avoid using manure to keep your carrots from splitting or “growing legs”
  • Make sure to remove large stones from the soil so your carrots have room to grow

Growing/Care tips:

  • Water about 1 inch per week
  • Cover garden with mulch once sprouts appear (also if the top of the carrot is visible)
  • Be sure to keep your garden free of weeds
  • Fertilize garden about 5 weeks after planting

Harvesting tips:

  • Carrots will be mature after 2-3 months, and about 1/2 inch in diameter
  • It is okay to leave mature carrots in the ground (as long as the ground will not freeze
  • Harvest carrots by pulling with your hands
  • Wetting the soil makes it easier to pull out your plants

Well, that’s all I have. I’ve never grown carrots before, but those are some tips I’ve found while reading about gardening. Anyway, I hope this helps someone. I know it the middle of summer, but at least you’ll know how to grow carrots for next year, right? Please look up instructions for growing carrots from a more reliable website before you grow your own!

See you tomorrow!



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