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Want to grow carrots from seed? Learn all my tips and tricks for planting, caring for, and harvesting your own carrots in this guide!

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If you are looking for an early vegetable to plant, look no further than the carrot. Carrots are the perfect cool weather crop, and will be an excellent addition to your home garden.

Varieties of Carrots

The grocery makes it seem like there are not many different varieties of carrots to choose from, but that is not true. There are dozens of varieties of carrots, and understanding them will help you pick the right one for your garden.

Carrot seeds soil needs

Once the ground is manageable (soil at least 40 degrees), plant the carrots directly in the ground with well draining soil. Loosen about 12 inches deep in the soil allowing the carrots to root well.

Sowing depth and spacing

Carrot seeds should be sown approximately 1/4 inch deep and at least 2 to 3 inches apart.

Water needs

Carrot seeds need to be evenly moist; so water frequently. You can also use burlap or row covers to lock in the moisture. After the seeds sprout, carrots need about 1 inch of water per week.

Continuous care

Carrots will need to be thinned to help develop their roots. The small baby carrots will make a tasty snack. Use beneficial companion planting to help keep pests like the carrot fly away.

Harvesting and storing

Carrots have a long window of harvest, but at 55 to 80 days for most varieties. Wiggle the root and then pull the carrot from the ground. Remove root, wash and keep in a refrigerator between 33 and 40 degrees.

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