How to plant carrots

 

 

Planting carrots. Hardy and fairly heat-resistant. Carrots, however, often produce misshapen roots in wet, heavy stone or clay soils; they do best in moist, fertile, sandy loams or peats, free from stones and clods. Seedlings are delicate and slow growing, and, if the surface of the soil crusts, the seeds should be planted only a quarter of an inch in soil, with the row covered with peat, leaf mould, or some similar fine matter. Make the rows 16 inches apart.

Carrots can stand some crowding, especially in loose soils, and with careful seeding little thinning is necessary. Fifteen to 20 plants per foot of row is correct, and a quarter ounce of seed will do for 100 feet of row. Coarse manure applied immediately before the carrots are planted makes for rough and prongy roots. Commercial fertilizer is recommended. Chantenay, Nantes, and Danvers Half Long are standard varieties.

 

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