How to Grow Carrots

Few things are sweeter than a homegrown carrot fresh from the garden. Here's how to grow these summer favorites!

Few things are sweeter than a homegrown carrot fresh from the garden. With a variety of sizes and colors to choose from, the home gardener can find a carrot well suited to their garden as well as their taste.

How To Plant Carrots

Start: Carrot seeds can be sown directly outdoors, 2-4 weeks before the last frost, as soon as the soil is workable. Sow thinly in rows 12”. Cover with ½” of fine soil. Do not transplant as this will result in carrots that are crooked and forked. Thin to stand 1” apart when seedlings are 3” tall.

Water: Keep plants well-watered during dry periods to promote uninterrupted growth. Overwatering may cause carrots to fork or crack. Keep the soil moist but not saturated. Carrots need about 1” of rain per week.

Soil: Carrot beds need to be well-prepped before planting. Soil should be well worked, loose, and free of rocks. For longer varieties of carrots, soil will need to be worked and loosened deeper than for shorter varieties. pH 6.0-6.8

Light: Full sun.

Fertilize: Choose a fertilizer that has more potassium and phosphate than nitrogen and use half the recommended concentration as too much fertilizer may result in less flavorful carrots with forked or hairy roots.

Harvest: Carrots reach maturity after about 70 days though they can be harvested before or after this mark as they grown continuously. Soak the soil around the carrots just before harvest to make them easier to pull. Carrots can be left in the ground after frost in cold climates but should be harvested before the ground freezes. In warmer climates, carrots can be left in the ground and harvested all winter.

Notes: Carrots can be harvested mid-summer and a second crop planted for a fall harvest. Tops should be cut off close to the carrot if the carrots are to be stored.

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James Peters

I read lots of the helpful information, though my main catch of the Farmers Almanac is the moon phases for planting above and below ground. Great help in every way. Thanks!


i love the farmers almanac, it is filled with great info on all sorts of thing you need to know on farming! i am a gardener but i still use it to help me with some things here in the garden


i love you word things!

Ann Peters

Love the farmers almanac. Trying to plant by moon phases. How can I apply the info to my South african veggie and flower gsrden.

Greg Price

What happened to the “Crunch a Munch” variety of carrots…??? We loved them and they have pretty much disappeared?

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