Guide to Growing Carrots in Central Texas






1. GROW CARROTS IN THE CORRECT SEASON

  • Carrots grow best in the cool season when the temperature is a high of 75 during the day.

  • This is spring and fall in the Central Texas area.

  • Carrots require 6-8 hrs of sunlight a day.

2. CARROTS NEED GOOD QUALITY SOIL

  • Carrots grow best in well draining soil.

  • A great soil mix is 1/3 topsoil, 1/3 good quality compost, 1/3 fill sand (not playground sand).

  • Mix in 1/2" composted manure within the top 6" of the soil mix. Composted cow manure, chicken manure, rabbit manure or worm castings work great. If you are opposed to using manures, then add compost such as leaf mold.

  • It is important that the soil is not heavy clay or have a lot of big pieces of rock or mulch in it.

  • Carrots do best with 9"+ soil depth to grow in.

3. PLANTING CARROTS

  • Sow carrot seeds 1/4" deep in rows that are 4"-6" apart.

  • Keep the soil moist until carrots sprout. Covering the area with burlap can help keep the soil moist. Simply water over the burlap to keep area moist and remove it once the carrots begin to sprout.

  • Plant a succession of more carrot seeds at 2-3 weeks apart to have continuous harvests.

4. TAKING CARE OF CARROTS

  • Thin carrots 2 weeks after they sprout to 2"-3" apart using sharp scissors and cut at soil level.

  • Water when top 1" of soil is dry.

  • Water slow and deeply to allow water to reach the bottom of the carrot roots.

  • Fertilize carrots with an organic all purpose fertilizer when they are about 4" tall.

5. HARVESTING CARROTS

  • Depending on the variety of carrot, they are generally ready to harvest anywhere from 60-90 days after sowing the seed.

  • Most carrots are ready to harvest when the shoulder of the carrot is 1/2"-1" in diameter and/or slightly pushed above the ground.

6. STORING CARROTS

  • Wash off the carrots and cut off carrot leafy tops.

  • Put them in a perforated bag in the refrigerator drawer as quickly as possible.

  • A ziploc with a few holes poked through it works great!

HAPPY CARROT GROWING!!!



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