Looking to add some carrots to your vegetable garden? What a wonderful choice!
First, a fun fact: you can actually use a salt or pepper shaker to spread non-pelleted carrot seed!
IDEAL GROWING CONDITIONS FOR CARROTS
Carrots will grow best in full sun. Their minimum air temperature tolerance is 41°F (5°C), while their maximum is 95°F (35°C). Hot temperatures can actually cause bitterness in your carrots, so keep that in mind!
As a result, they prefer consistent weather conditions, and will thrive in loose sandy loam soils with good water retention. If your soil doesn’t hold moisture well, you can add some organic matter to improve it! As well, carrots like soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0, and their ideal soil temperature (when directly sowing) is between 65-85°F (18-20°C).
SPACING AND PLANTING
Carrot seeds are sown by planting a lot of seeds in rows, and then later thinning them. This helps to ensure higher germination, while boosting their emergence success rates. Rows should be spaced 12-18 inches apart (30-45 cm), and seeds should be sown a quarter to a half-inch deep.
Now, you're all set to start your carrot seeds! We're so excited for you to grow this delicious root vegetable.
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