How to Grow Carrots

Planting advice for how to grow carrots, recommended varieties and carrot recipes.

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Daucus carota var. sativus

Ironically, Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, didn't care for carrots. What's up with that? They're packed with vitamin A, which is good for your eyes and skin. One-half cup of carrots contains four times the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A in the form of beta carotene, the substance that makes carrots orange.

And what about that satisfying crunch as you bite into a freshly pulled carrot? Ahhh—it's love at first bite.

Hardiness: Grown as a hardy annual.

Planting advice: Sow this cool-weather crop in early spring. Plant seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep, two to three seeds per inch, in loose, well-draining, rock-free soil. Keep rows 1 to 1-1/2 feet apart. When sprouts are 1 inch tall, thin them to two per inch for small varieties and one every 1 to 2 inches for larger carrots.

For continuous harvest, plant a new crop every three to four weeks until midsummer.

Harvest tips: Ready to pick in 65 to 80 days. Harvest small varieties when the roots are about 1/2 inch in diameter; 1 inch for larger varieties.

To store, cut off the leafy tops 1 inch above the roots and refrigerate.

Recommendations: Orbit (small round), Little Finger (baby), Red-Cored Chantenay, Danvers 126.

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Source: Birds & Blooms "Grow Veggies for Less"