Growing Organic Carrots in Your Garden

Growing Organic Carrots in Your Garden


Hi I’m Tricia an organic gardener. I grow
organically for healthy and safe food supply, for
clean and sustainable environment, for an enjoyable and rewarding
experience. What’s up doc? Growing carrot that’s what. Carrots grow
great in the spring and in the fall. In the spring you want to plant them two
to three weeks before the last frost and in the fall want to plant in 10 to 12 weeks before the first frost. Carrots are a fairly easy
vegetable to grow once you get the soil right. The best care growing soil is sandy,
loose, well-drained, rock free, and high in
organic matter. Raised beds are great place to grow
carrots. If your soil is less than ideal you may wanna try some varieties like
the Little Finger or the Parisienne, which are smaller
carrots. I f you’ve got great carrot growing soil, you can grow the rainbow! Originally
carrots were yellow or purple but they’ve been bred to add red white
and the familiar orange. Each carrot color has different helpful
nutrients but taste the same so go ahead and grow
all of them. To prepare your beds, mix in some compost and a balanced
fertilizer like this one from EB Stone. Carrots
will fork if they get too much nitrogen and they’re heavy potassium feeders, so
look for fertilizer with a lower nitrogen and a higher potassium. Using a hoe, dig a trench to create two 4″ – 6″ inch tall mounds on either side. Make sure the soil has very fine texture without clods because that can inhibit carrot
germination. Score a slight ridge in the top of your mound and see the carrots. The seeds are small so it can be helpful to
use a seeder and mix in some sand or dry used coffee grounds. Now just cover them lightly with sand,
soil, or potting mix. Water gently. I like to put a little piece of Agribon over the bed. This helps prevent the soil from getting
dried out and crusty. If a crust forms, the seeds will likely
not germinate. You can plant some radishes along with
the carrots to help keep a crust from forming and mark the row. Water evenly. Carrots like to be kept moist but don’t
water aggressively or the seeds will wash away! My carrots have germinated! Now it’s time to thin them. Thin Carrots two to four inches apart. Use snips
instead of pulling them out so you don’t disturb the carrots you want
to keep. Public enemy number one for carrots is weeds. Make sure you keep your bed weed free. Now that my carrots are established I’m also going to add a mulch. This mulch
will conserve moisture, keep the routes cool and discourage
weeds. Carrot roots develop the best at temperatures between 65 and 75 during
the day and 55 at night. Pests to worry about our carrot fly and
leafhoppers and if you have those in your area you may want to consider covering
your bed with Agribon. The Ag 19 is a great insect barrier. it’s time to harvest the carrots! You know
they’re ready when they’re about one to one-and-a-half inches in diameter. Loosen the soil
around the carrots with a digging fork and carefully uproot them. Don’t pull too
hard on the top because you might just break it off. You
can leave them in the ground and harvest as needed up
to a point. The longer you leave them in the ground the woodier they become and
the stronger the flavor. Snip the tops off as soon as you harvest to keep the root from wilting. The greens can be eaten like parsley,
composted or fed to animals. Store them in the
refrigerator with high humidity and they’ll last for several weeks. So grow some organic carrots, and grow
organic for life!

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8 thoughts on “Growing Organic Carrots in Your Garden

  1. Thanks for this video! Last spring I just threw some carrot seeds in the garden when I planted everything else. I harvested exactly zero carrots. Ha. No wonder. I'll mark this video as a reference next time I want to try carrots again.

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