how do i grow carrots?
When the threat of hard frost has passed, sow your first crop of carrots into your container.
Plant your seeds about 1/4" deep and at a spacing of 16 per square-foot. If you drop a few extra seeds, don't worry! When the extra seeds germinate, you will need to thin them to the appropriate square foot spacing so the others have enough room to keep growing. Root vegetables are very sensitive to overcrowding! Thin all the other seedlings out except the strongest one, it has the best chance of surviving
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As soon as your carrots have developed full colour and reach the desired size, they are ready to eat. Dig them up with a garden fork or simply pull them when the soil is moist by pulling firmly on the greens. Make sure to harvest your fall crops before the ground freezes, or be prepared for some hard work. Carrots can be harvested while they are still young for baby carrots.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
For a late harvest, cover your container in mulch to keep if from freezing too quickly and to protect your carrots from precipitation and wind.
You can overwinter some carrots, plant early enough to make sure they are a decent size by Halloween. They will lay dormant in the ground, ready for harvest when you want them!
1 cup: Vitamin A (428%), Vitamin K (21%), Vitamin C (13%), Vitamin B6 (9%), Potassium (12%)
Preparing and using
Once you’ve harvested your carrots scrub them with a vegetable brush but avoid peeling them as most of the vitamins and nutrients are in their skin