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How to Grow Carrots

Carrots harvested straight from the ground taste so much better than shop-bought ones, with an incredible sweetness & flavour, not to mention the pride you’ll feel eating produce you’ve grown yourself.

They are easy to grow and produce high yields so are an ideal vegetable to try out in raised beds, large pots or a veg patch.

Carrots require deep, well-drained and fertile soil to grow long tap roots. It is possible to grow them in deep pots which may be easier if preparation time is short or you have less space in you garden.

Most varieties can be sown from March, although early varieties such as Early Scarlet Horn can be sown in February.

We recommend: Unwins Carrot Short N Sweet

With a delicious rich, sweet flavour, they are full of vitamins. These carrot seeds are great for planting in containers, therefore perfect for those with limited space. Additionally, these carrots are best cooked whole. Simply add these to a yummy roast or fresh salads for intense flavour.

  • Perfect for Containers
  • Best cooked whole
  • Sow March – June
  • Harvest June to November

Step 1

Carrots love a sunny site with fertile, well-drained soil. Remove as many stones as possible from the site. They can cause roots to distort.
Use string attached to two canes to mark out a drill line, keep each drill line between 15 and 30 cm apart.. Create a shallow row about 1cm deep and sow seeds sparingly along the line, then cover with a fine layer of soil.

Step 2

Water after sowing and keep the soil moist. You can sow more seeds at fortnightly intervals for continuous harvests.

Once germinated, it is important to thin seedlings so plants are around 7cm apart, but do this carefully as the smell of damaged foliage can attract carrot fly.

Treat for carrot fly using Resolva Bug Killer, or alternatively try using carrot fly resistant varieties.

Weed and water regularly.

Step 3

Crops are generally ready for harvesting from June onwards, about 7 weeks after sowing.

Main crop carrots take a bit longer and are ready from 10 weeks onwards.

Store carrots in the ground until they are required. They may even be left in the ground over winter, but not if there are lots of slugs or the winter is harsh.

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