How to grow Carrot Nantes Seeds

When to sow:
Carrots can be grown all year round. Simply re-sow carrot seed regularly. Every three of 4 weeks is ideal, for a year-round crop. Carrots are an easy and rewarding crop to grow and great for encouraging children to eat their vegetables. Carrots are normally sown outdoors between March and July and harvested throughout the summer and autumn. Early varieties can be sown as early as February under cloches.

Where to plant:
Carrots are best grown in the open ground, but can be grown in containers, or even grow-bags. Cut a grow-bag in half to make two square bags out of one oblong bag, then stand each half up on its closed end. Loosen the compost until the bag forms a free-standing round pot shape. Otherwise choose deep pots.

Preparing the soil:
Before sowing carrots, remove any weeds and dig your soil to a fine tilth, breaking up any large lumps. Soil that has been manured within the last year, or manured and rested without growing a previous crop, is not suitable for growing carrots in. Carrots grow best in light, sandy soil they don’t do well in heavy, clay, stony, chalky conditions.

Sowing carrot seeds:
Make drills in the soil with a trowel or by laying an old broom handle or bamboo cane across the soil and gently pushing down, aiming for a depth of about 1cm and leaving about 30cm between each drill.

Sow carrot seed thinly along the drill then gently draw soil from the edges of the drill back over the seeds so that they are well covered. Water with a fine-rose to minimise seed disturbance and keep moist until germination, which should take about 10-20 days.

Seedling care:
When the carrot seedlings are large enough to handle they will need thinning out. This is best done in stages. For the first thinning, aim to leave one seedling every 2 to 4cm, pulling out any in-between. About four weeks later thin again to a final spacing of 10cm or 4inches, for finger or baby carrots a final spacing of 5cm will be adequate. 

Plants should reach maturity in approximately 70-80 days. Don't leave the carrot thinning's lying around as it's the scent that attracts carrot fly.



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