Growing Food

How to Grow the Most Colorful Carrots in Your Own Backyard (or Porch)!

Carrots blog post

Carrots are tough to germinate, but are easy to take care of once they do. We love to grow all different colors and varieties, and the kids have a blast pulling them up!

How to Grow:

Carrots are a cool season crop that is planted 4-6 weeks before your last spring frost and 12 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Carrot seeds are very small so are sowed only 1/8 inch deep, 16 per square, in full sun to part shade. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. These seeds will sprout in approximately 6-20 days. Be sure to keep moist. It helps to keep covered with burlap and well-watered during germination to increase your chances of sprouting. Must have consistent moisture until maturity. Reduce to prevent cracking once mature.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these.

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Arugula Marjoram Celery
Banana Peppers Onions Dill
Basil Oregano Parsley
Beans (bush and pole) Parsley Turnips
Bell Peppers Peas  
Cabbage Potatoes  
Chives Radish  
Cilantro/Coriander Rau Ram (Vietnamese Cilantro/Coriander)  
Cucumbers Rosemary  
Hot Peppers Sage  
Lettuce Tarragon  
Marigolds Tomatoes  

 

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Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common ones for carrots:

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Harvesting:

Carrots will be ready to harvest in about 70-90 days after it sprouts. They’ll be sweeter and more tender when you pick them early. They also sweeten up in the fall as it turns colder.

Cooking & Eating!

Scrub with a brush but don’t peel them. Eat raw, steamed, boiled, or our favorite, sauteed. We also love to add carrots to our vegetable juice.

 

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