Carrots are good for bunnies and good for you too. Carrots are high in beta carotene, an important antioxidant. They remain flavorful even when cooked and are great raw in salads too. Want to know how to grow the very best carrots? Here’s some tips for growing the best carrots in your garden.
1. Use loose sandy soil. Using the right type of soil is one of the most important things you can do when growing any vegetable. Like most root vegetables, carrots grow best in loose sandy soil. It allows them to breathe and drain properly. It also makes them easier to pluck from the ground when they are full grown and ready to eat.
2. Keep them moist. Carrots do best when kept moist. Keep in mind that moist and soggy are two different things. Most vegetables do poorly when soil is too wet. Carrots should have no fungus issues as long as soil drains well. Keeping carrots moist improves their flavor. Carrots may become woody or dry if not properly watered.
3. Use the right fertilizer. Carrots are not nitrogen loving as a general rule. Excess nitrogen can burn the roots. If using manure, make sure it’s older manure. Compost works well as fertilizer for carrots since it’s not as harsh as manure. Like green beans, carrots do best with organic methods of fertilization.
4. Weed by hand. When carrot seedlings are small, they are very easily disturbed or pulled. It’s best to weed carrots by hand until they are about 4 inches tall. Even after that time, weeding is best done by hand in my opinion. Carrot seedlings are quite weak until the root begins to develop nicely. The root will stabilize them for less damage.
5. Use mulch. If you’ve ever tasted a green topped carrot, you know why this is important. It’s really quite unpleasant and dry as well. Carrots should be moist, orange and crisp. Covering growing carrots keeps the top of the root from being exposed to the air. When exposed to air, carrots can turn green and soft. They have a bitter taste.