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Carrot (Daucus carota)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

Carrots are easy to grow and will keep children happy from April to December if successional sowings are made. While you need friable, well dug soil with few stones to grow long-rooted carrots, short, stubby-rooted carrots will do fine on heavy and even stony soil and may even provide a bit of supper-time comedy. Do not add manure or compost to the soil before sowing.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonydislike
Lightprefer
Loamyprefer
Heavyok
pH6.5 - 7.5
Manure
Previous cropprefer
Previous autumnok
Before plantingdislike
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadedislike
Shadedislike
Exposure
Openprefer
Shelteredok

Seed

sow under cloches sow under cloches

Between plants: 6cm
Between rows: 15cm

Sow in drills where they are to grow as carrots resent root disturbance. Sow very thinly to minimise thinning which will attract carrot fly - burn or bury thinnings. Sow at fortnightly intervals for a continuous crop.


sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 6cm
Between rows: 15cm

Sow in drills where they are to grow as carrots resent root disturbance. Sow very thinly to minimise thinning which will attract carrot fly - burn or bury thinnings. Sow at fortnightly intervals for a continuous crop.


harvest harvest

Maincrop carrots can be stored in boxes of sand in a frost-free place.


Seed autumn

sow under cloches sow under cloches

Between plants: 6cm
Between rows: 15cm

Sow a hardy variety in drills where they are to grow as carrots resent root disturbance. Sow very thinly to minimise thinning which will attract carrot fly - burn or bury thinnings. Sow at fortnightly intervals for a continuous crop.


harvest harvest

Crops sown under cloches in the autumn will be ready now.


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Carrot fly prevention (Roys - 11:49 21/01/2015) Report inappropriate tip
As an alternative to onions plant marigolds around your carrots to ward off the carrot fly. They also attract bees. I have also planted marigolds in my greenhouse to help with whitefly on my chillies. Since using these in my greenhouse I have not had any yet my allotment neighbour had many on his. This year I am providing my neighbour with marigolds!
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