carrots

carrots
Carrots, beets, parsnips, radishes, turnips, and rutabagas are the most commonly grown root crops. They all require cooler weather and soil requirements. Carrots can be produced almost year-round in parts of North Carolina.

Root crops do not do well in Acid soil so be sure and first do a soil test prior to selecting your planting area. Carrots like a well drained,loose soil. Most vegetables require 1 inch of water per week. It's best to make a single watering that penetrates deeply rather than frequent shallow applications. Carrots do best when planted from seed directly into the ground. For a continuous supply of young carrots, make two or three plantings spacing the plantings about three weeks apart. Crop rotation is essential to reduce soil-borne diseases and pests.

Suggested Planting July 1-15th Suggested Cultivars: Danvers Half Long, Spartan Bonus, Little Finger, Thumbelina, Scarlet Nantes. Spaceing: about 2' between plants. Cold Tolerance: Hardy. Days to maturity: 75-85 requires little or no frost protection,mulching is usually sufficient. Storage:keep separately away from other vegetables to prevent a bitter flavour induced by ethylene (a colourless gas with a sweet odour that is produced by many fruits and vegetables that accelerates the ripening process). Generally carrots store better when they are mature and harvested under moist conditions, and undamaged and free of diseases and pests.



Growing Organic Carrot Video