A very easy vegetable to grow and even a small amount of plants will give you a bountiful harvest if protected with microfleece.
- Eskimo: The most frost-tolerant variety bred so far. On well-drained soils, you can leave some roots in the ground through the winter and dig as required. In heavy soils you may need to lift them late in the year, but they will store well. Good disease resistance.Recommended by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. 84 days from sowing to harvest (taken from our own trials and may vary in different areas). [Sutton Seeds]
Sow in drills, 3in apart. The more you can careful space the seed at this space, the better. When carrot seedlings are thinned, the scent from the seedling is released and this attracts carrot fly which can destroy a crop. So a few extra careful moments now will save you later in the season. Carrots like sand so mix in a bag of sand with the soil, this will also help make the soil more free draining.
Carrots don’t transplant well so avoid this. Sow where they grow.
Carrots prefer to be planted with Chives, Lettuce, Leeks, Onions, Peas, Radish, Rosemary, Sage and Peas.
Seasonal Care & Related Posts
Keep watered and be careful when removing weeds, again, not to attract the carrot fly. Covering the crop with fleece will help reduce the possibility of attack.
PESTS, DISEASES AND PROBLEMS
Using a fork, carefully lift the carrots as-and-when required.
Saving seed for next year
How to Store
Carrots keep well in the soil. Can be frozen, use within a year.