When to sow Carrots

If you want to know when carrots are sown in the garden, don’t forget to read this article.

Carrots are a root vegetable that belongs to the umbelliferous family  just like celery, fennel and parsley. It is a highly prized crop due to the great benefits it brings to our health.

The component that stands out most in carrots is c arotene , a necessary element for the formation of vitamin A. Carotenes also play a very important role in the maintenance of sight, immune system, skin protection and the development of the bones.

Carrot Sowing Period

Carrots can be sown throughout the year . The most recommended planting period is the one from February to September.

Preparation of the garden soil to sow carrots

Carrots like fertile, loose and very soft soils, worked in depth, that are able to retain moisture. Avoid sowing them on stony soils as they cause deformations in the roots.

How Carrots are Sown

Carrots multiply through their seeds, which are sown directly in the garden.

The carrot seeds are very small so it is advisable to mix them with sand before spreading them on the place of cultivation to make it easier planting. The area over which they have been spread is then covered with a thin layer of soil or substrate.

After 10-15 days the seeds begin to germinate and the necessary thinnings are performed , leaving a separation between plants of 10-15 cm.

Carrot care

Irrigation

They need frequent but short waterings, water that ensures moisture without waterlogging. Dry periods cause hardening and cracking of the roots.

Light

When planting carrots choose an area of ​​the sunny garden where the sun is present most of the day. Carrots do not like places in shade or semi-shade.

Insects and fungi

Carrot cultivation can be affected by insect pests such as carrot fly and plant fungi such as mildew . In any case, if this happens, apply organic insecticides and fungicides to counteract the pest.

Harvest

Carrot is a long-cycle crop and it is not until 90 days when it can be harvested. They can be harvested a few days before resulting in sweeter but smaller carrots. During harvesting, care must be taken when digging up the root of the soil so as not to tear off the green part of the plant.

Crops compatible with carrots

  • Leek
  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Pea
  • Tomato
  • Radish, radish
  • Bean
  • Potato
  • Sage
  • Rosemary

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