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Growing Carrot

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
P P             P P P P

(Best months for growing Carrot in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Sow seed

January: water well

September: broadcast sow

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 2 - 12 inches apart
  • Harvest in 12-18 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Onions, Leeks, Lettuce, Sage, Peas, Radishes, Tomatoes, Beans, Celery, Rosemary
  • Avoid growing close to: Parsnips, Beetroot, Dill, Brassicas, Fennel
  • Carrot harvest ( - woodleywonderworks - CC BY 2.0)
  • A few seedlings
  • Very young carrot seedlings

A hardy root vegetable which grows well in deep cool soil. Carrots take about 3 weeks to show themselves and the first leaves look like grass . If broadcast sowing, mix with radish seeds which will germinate quickly and indicate the sown area. In hotter or dry areas, water well before seeding then cover with boards to maintain the moisture and cool soil for more successful germination. Check every week or so.

Over fertilised ground will produce split roots. Protect against carrot fly. It is best to put carrots in a different area of the garden each year for four or five years.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Carrot

Steamed or raw carrots are tasty. Cook them in a small amount of water until nearly dry then add a pat of butter and teasp of brown sugar to glaze.
They can be added to most casserole-type dishes.
Grate raw carrots and add to salads

Your comments and tips

24 Mar 20, Sally (Australia - temperate climate)
Can I plant carrots at this time of year I just put some cauliflowers in what’s the best way to protect from pests Thankyou
24 Mar 20, Another gardener (Australia - temperate climate)
Carrots, learn how to use this website please, the info is there. Best protection is to cover them with a fine netting. Check for grubs every day. Read about organic sprays or go and buy chemical sprays.
17 Nov 19, Jenny (Australia - temperate climate)
I often plant carrot seeds in Adelaide and they are always successful. I need to plant more but wondered if it was advisable to plant just before a heatwave? Tomorrow is forecast 31, tuesday 34 and wed is 40. Thanks jenny
18 Nov 19, Another gardener (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Anything planted in hot to extremely hot needs protection from the sun/heat. Very small seeds are planted very shallow. With hot temps the top few mm of soil dries out very quickly. Very hard to germinate when the soil is very hot/dry some of the day then wet from watering. Try to keep the soil temp as constant as possible and moist. I use a 1.8mx1.8mx.5m high wood frame with shade cloth on it. I have 30%, 70% and 90% shade cloth.
04 Sep 19, Steve (Australia - temperate climate)
How long should you leave the board on? Most of my seeds have germinated but are becoming leggy to search for light. Thanks.
07 Sep 19, Kelly (Australia - temperate climate)
If they have germinated then they will be ready for the board to come off. The board is used simply to keep the heat and moisture in the ground to help them germinate.
05 Sep 19, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Germinating carrots - don't have too rich a soil - have a nice crumbly fine soil - even sandy loan. Rake it real flat. Dig a little furrow about 5-8 mm deep. Put some carrot seeds in your left hand and pick up a few with your right hand and spread them along the furrow thinly. Gently cover the seeds with some light soil or very fine seed raising mixture and then give a light patting down on the soil. Give the seeds a gentle watering. Build a little frame over them with things like tomato stakes on bricks etc.Then place some 30-50-70% shade cloth on the frame. Give the seeds a light watering morning and afternoon. A few days after germination take the shade cloth off. You can apply the shade cloth idea to germinating a lot of different seeds if the weather is warm to hot. If planting big seeds like corn beans peas - plant the seeds then give a good watering and then don't water for 3-4 days - then a light watering each second day. Too much water they will go rotten..
05 Sep 19, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Take the board (????) off a few days after germination. A good way to protect further is to use a shade cloth device - about 30-50% shade cloth.
20 Jul 19, (Australia - temperate climate)
What’s the best way to store carrots.
22 Jul 19, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
In the fridge. Don't plant so many next time. Try some succession planting next time.
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