Growing carrots is something to add to your bucket list.There’s nothing like pulling a homegrown carrot from the earth, rinsing it with a hose, and eating it in the garden. Nothing beats the flavor of a freshly-picked carrot. Grocery store carrots can’t compare. Learn how to grow carrots with these five tips.
How to Grow Carrots: 5 Tips for Growing Carrots
1. Growing carrots from seed means more variety
2. Learn how to grow carrots and take advantage of the long planting season for growing carrots
- In the low desert of Arizona plant carrots from August through April.
- Check local planting guides for when you can plant.
- Choose an area with sandy well-drained soil that is free from stones and fresh manure. Rake and smooth the bed carefully before planting. Thinly sow seeds ¼ – ½ inch deep.
- Plant carrots every 3 weeks for a continual harvest.
3. How to grow carrots: Carrots need consistent moisture to sprout and grow
- After planting, soil must be kept moist for 10 days. Spray lightly twice a day in very sunny weather. Seeds will not germinate if they dry out.
- Once seeds have sprouted, regular watering helps them grow quickly and continuously.
- Watch the video below for a quick tip for germinating carrot seeds.
4. Be sure to thin seedlings
Two weeks after the plants germinate, thin any carrots that touch each other.
- Use scissors to cut off plants to be thinned rather than pulling them by hand.
In another 2 weeks, thin carrots to 2 or 3 inches apart. Thinning the carrots ensures each carrot has enough room to reach mature size.
5. Make the most of your harvest
A tip to remember — the shorter variety carrots are best eaten fresh, while longer carrots are more suited to storing.
Carrots store best if you clip the foliage, leaving about 1 inch of stem. When you are ready to use them, scrub but don’t peel! Most of the vitamins are in the skin or close to the surface.