Carrots are fun to grow and you don’t know quite what you’re going to get until you pull them up! It’s best to sow seed directly into the garden bed or pot, as transplanting young carrots can lead to misshapen and stumpy roots. If you’re using a pot, make sure it’s deep enough for your carrots to grow. Here’s how to have success with carrots.
- Choose a sunny spot with deep, well-drained soil, and make sure there are no stones or clay lumps in the bed or pot.
- Mix the small seeds with some clean sand to help space them out, then sprinkle this mix along a 6mm-deep trench in the soil or growing medium.
- Backfill and water, then gently press down the soil with a plank of timber to firm the contact between the seeds and the soil. To keep the soil’s surface moist, some growers recommend leaving the plank sitting on top of the row, checking every few days for germination, then removing it when the seedlings appear.
- Thin out the young carrots as they grow so they end up about 5cm apart. Discard excess seedlings.
You’ll find more great tips for growing your own food, including when and how to sow summer vegies, in the September 2020 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.