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 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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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:
- Carrot Rust Fly
- Groundhogs/ Woodchucks
- Root Maggots
- Voles (Field Mice)
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!
April’s frequent showers combined with longer days and climbing temperatures help plants around Oklahoma flourish. However, the bugs know this too and it’s their prime time for feeding as well! This sets up battle ground in your garden, and what you do now will affect your harvest in the summer. There are lots of companion plants, tools, and tricks you can use around your garden to help repel pests and attract beneficial critters. Check out
This video is an overview of how our app makes it easy for you to grow your own food!
Garden + is a great new feature to help you stay organized with all the plants in your garden electronically!
I saw this picture from 2015 come up in my Facebook “on this day” yesterday and it made me pause for a minute to think about how far we’ve come over the past few years. I hope this encourages those of you that are just getting started and feel overwhelmed by it all. I was where you are 2 years ago and you can do this! It’s possible for anyone out there to grow their
Podcast: Listen to Dale & Carrie Talk About the From Seed to Spoon Mobile App and How & Why We Created it on the “Stitchcrew” Podcast
Dale and Carrie had the pleasure of joining Chris and Erika Lucas from the “Stitchcrew” podcast to chat a few weeks back. You can hear our conversation about what led to us growing food and how and why we built our app at the link below.
It’s important to get your baby plants accustomed to the outdoor environment before you transplant them outdoors. This will help them do better when you transplant them and keep them from going through shock.