A root vegetable which grows well in deep cool soil. Hardy. Carrots take about 3 weeks to show themselves and the first leaves look like grass . If broadcast sowing, mix with radish seeds which will germinate quickly and indicate the sown area. In hot dry areas, water well before seeding then cover with boards to maintain the moisture and cool soil for more successful germination. Check every week or so.
Over fertilised ground will produce split roots. Protect against carrot fly. It is best to put carrots in a different area of the garden each year for four or five years.
Most carrot cultivars are about 88% water, 7% sugar, 1% protein, 1% fibre, 1% ash, and 0.2% fat. The fibre comprises mostlycellulose, with smaller proportions of hemicellulose and lignin. Carrots contain almost no starch. Free sugars in carrot includesucrose, glucose, xylose and fructose. Nitrite and nitrate contents are about 40 and 0.41 milligrams per 100 grams (fresh), respectively. Most of the taste of the vegetable is due to glutamic acid and other free amino acids. Other acids present in trace amounts include succinic acid, α- ketoglutaric acid, lactic acid and glycolic acid; the major phenolic acid is caffeic acid.
Ease-of-care: easy-Great crop for kids if planted in deep soil and site gets full sun.
Easy to grow.
Harvest in 65-90 days
Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed.
Best planted at soil temperatures between 8°C and 30°C.
Space plants: 25-30cm
Cultivate the soil at a depth of at least 8 inches. Remove weeds with your hands and a garden hoe, and rake out lumps and rocks that may obstruct root growth. Work a 2-inch layer of compost into the soil. Apply a 10-10- 10 fertilizer according to package instructions. Broadcast the seeds over the soil surface at a frequency of three seeds per inch. Thin the seedlings to 2 inches apart when they have three true leaves or are at least 1 inch tall. Use scissors to remove the weak, small seedlings by cutting them at soil level.
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