Carrots are king of the patch

It is hard to imagine a thriving veggie patch without carrots. Carrots are easy to grow, fun to harvest and are the perfect accompaniment to pretty much any plate of food. Healthy, colourful and super crunchy! We love carrots!

Growing

Carrots grow anywhere, that’s why we love them! In the ground, in raised beds or on the patio in tubs! They prefer full sun and well-dug, stone-free soil.

Fertiliser

Carrots love a bed full of well-rotted compost and Qld Organics Organic Xtra is their favourite fertiliser – they told us ?

Sowing carrots

Carrots do not like being transplanted, so it’s best to sow them directly where you want them to grow. Remove all stones from the soil – if a carrot root hits a stone it will fork! It is best to mark out your seed rows, seeds should be planted about 1cm deep, with rows spaced about 15cm apart. Sprinkle pinches of the seeds thinly and then cover the seeds.

Tip: Carrot seeds are very small, so to make sowing easier you can mix the seeds with dry sand, which will help to spread the seeds out within the row.

To sow into tubs, fill containers with potting compost then gently tamp down to firm. Sow the seeds very thinly over the top, then cover with 1cm layer of potting compost.

Water

About a week after planting your carrot seeds, you should start thinking about watering. Carrots require about 2cm of water per week to reach their full potential. If no rain falls in your area, you’ll need to water the carrots yourself, they will thank you for it.

Harvesting

Carrots can be harvested as soon as they reach the right size. The size of the top of the root poking out of the soil is a good guide. You can also gently dig away the soil from around the carrot to get a better look. It can be a good idea to harvest alternate carrots so those left can grow bigger. Smaller, finger-sized or stump-rooted carrots are usually easy to pull up, while chunkier maincrop types may need easing out of the ground with a fork. In places with mild winters carrots can be left in the ground to harvest as needed. Alternatively, dig up the roots, twist off the foliage then store in a cool, dark place.

Types of Carrots

There are many different types of carrot to choose from. Stump-rooted and finger-sized carrots are quickest and may be grown in small pots, or in heavier soils that would cause longer roots to fork. Medium or long-rooted carrots can be grown in lighter soils or in raised beds or deep containers filled with compost. Plus, carrots don’t just come in orange! There are many colourful alternatives, including purple, yellow, white and red roots.