Growing Carrots

Latest Update 27th July 2018.

Carrots
  • Carrots are propagated in clusters of 5 or 6 seeds in a seed tray cell.  
  • Propagating them this way in an EcoPropagator, allows Ecobed time to be saved otherwise spent propagating them directly.
  • It is a much more dependable method of propagating seed and allows it to be sown in cooler weather.
  • Carrots grow slowly and can be harvested when required directly from the soil, pulling them out in clusters to be cooked and eaten right away.
  • You will not find sweeter carrots than those grown organically in your own garden, they are are a great source of dietary fibre and micronutrients. 
  • I have grown carrots for many years in my garden without significant pest problems.
Details.
  • Binomial Name:                                        Daucus carota.
  • Family group:                                           Apiaceae. 
  • Variety:                                                    Nantes.
  • Crop rotation group:                                  Light feeders.
  • Garden bed type:                                      Garden Ecobed.
  • Minimum sun per day:                              5 hours.
  • Plant spacing:                                          In clusters set 125 mm apart.
  • Weeks to harvest:                                    12 - 18 weeks.
  • Good companions:                                   Pea. radish. lettuce. sage. onion. leek.
  • Climate:                                                   Warm temperate.
  • Geography:                                              Southern hemisphere.
Nutrition.
  • This food is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. 
  • It is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, iron, potassium and copper, and a very good source of dietary fibre, vitamin A, vitamin K and manganese. 
  • More from nutrition data.self.com.
Maintaining Ecobed Productivity.  
  • Check out my blogpage which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds.  It describes how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants through their leaves.
Propagating Seedlings. 
  • Check out my blogpage which explains how I propagate seeds.
Propagation Plan.
  • Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
Growing Instructions.
  • Propagate 50 or 60 carrots seeds in 10 clusters every 2 months in an EcoPropagator.
  • Plant the clusters of seedlings while still quite small, and keeping the root ball as undisturbed as possible.
  • Plant them 150 mm apart in a single row in an Ecobed.
  • Use a large dibber to make the planting holes, and water the seedlings in carefully.
  • If you damage their young roots during planting, the carrots will become forked or disfigured. 
Harvesting and Storage.
  • Start harvesting them in small bunches as needed from one end of the bed, and cover any exposed roots with soil or compost.
  • If you have planted the right quantity, you will finish harvesting them just as they reach peak size and quality.
  • Harvest your carrots by grasping the foliage as close to their roots as possible and carefully pull them out of the soil.  Fill the hole left behind with soil.
  • I don't peel carrots fresh from the garden, I cook them in their skins after removing soil with a vegetable brush.  
  • To store carrots, clean and blanch them in boiling water for 2 minute.  After cooling and drying them, store them in the freezer in resealable bags.  Alternatively, if your climate allows, grow them all year round and store them in the soil until needed.
Organic Pest Control.
  • Carrots, like most vegetables, are vulnerable to attack from certain pests in my garden.  My blog on "Controlling Garden Pests" explains a little about these pests and what to do to protect plants from them.  For details click on the appropriate link below.
  • Slugs and snails.
  • Carrot fly. 
  • Birds.