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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

04 Oct 18, Mpumelelo (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Can carrots be transplanted, If yes after how long?
03 Oct 18, Lulama Dimba (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Good morning Am preparing to plant carrot and my market wants the carrots by January 2019 what advise you can give me. I like to use organic fertilizer is it a good idea? Thank you Lulama
08 Sep 18, Rowan (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Why are my carrot tops rotting.
08 Jul 18, Jane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Thanks for this detailed information. Appreciated.
27 Jun 18, Nicole (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I have read somewhere that you can't use the soil from a previous carrot harvest again. Is this true and why?
18 Mar 18, Kdub (USA - Zone 8a climate)
What ph level should the soil be for carrots?
13 Feb 18, Edna (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Can I put the carrot seeds on the ground with a drip water?
14 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Over watering them may rot them. Put a light hessian cloth or shade cloth over them until they germinate and establish themselves a bit.
08 Jul 18, Jane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Mike - glad I read this. I often wonder if I am overwatering carrots (and other things, including tomatoes-someone said you can't overwater tomatoes). This is my second attempt at carrots and yet another attempt at vegie growing. This time, I started off with seeds in trays and seed mix in the green house. (Next time I will sow less although seedlings might make a good surprise gift!) Amazing. And deeply moving to see seeds germinate. Now, some if thise things are planted out although as a result of my lack of gardening knowledge (re soil pH, feed -nitrogen,calcium etc and how much to water different plants and what to feed them or not feed them etc) I feel behind the eightball/it's pot luck. A wing and a prayer. A couple of carrots have become just visible but I am guessing that doesn't mean pick! I am about to plant out some baby carrots. Thanks. J.
21 Oct 17, Gary (Australia - temperate climate)
What fertilise would you use when growing carrots
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