Garden-grown carrots are full of flavor and texture! They are a popular, long-lasting root vegetable that can be grow in many climates. Learn all about planting, growing, and harvesting carrots.
Carrots are easy to grow as long as they are planted in loose, sandy soil during the cooler periods of the growing season—spring and fall (carrots can tolerate frost). Depending on the variety and local growing conditions, carrots may take anywhere from 2 to 4 months to mature.
Therefore, soil preparation is important for carrot growing. If the carrot roots can’t easy grown down, it can lead to stunted and misshapen crops.
- Till down 12 inches and make sure there are no rocks, stones, or even soil clumps to impede your carrots’ growth.
- Avoid amending the soil with nitrogen-rich material such as manure and fertilizer, which can cause carrots to fork and grow little side roots; instead, work in old coffee grounds.
- Most of us need to add sand to our carrot bed. We use 100% sand mixed with ⅓ peat moss.
- If soil is heavy clay or too rocky, you need to plant carrots in a raised bed at least 12 inches deep and filled with fluffy, sandy soil (not clay nor silt).
Finally: Don’t expect the perfect shape of grocery store carrots. Your carrots will still taste better, whatever their shape!