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Growing and Caring for Carrots, Varieties of Carrots, Trouble Shooting Carrots in the Garden

Growing Carrots

Grow Carrots

Carrots are a hardy crop that can be planted in the garden in early spring. Carrots require larger amounts of moisture than other popular edible garden vegetables, they are not tolerant of drought. Prolonged hot weather in their later stages will retard carrot growth and generally result in an undesirable strong flavor as well as a coarse undesirable woody, fibrous texture.

Companion Plants for Carrots

Companion Planting is the placement of various crops in close physical proximity to one another so as to symbiotically compliment each other. Naturally, it also involves separating plants whose development is antagonistic to each other.

Do Carrots Really Love Tomatoes ? - Carrots Love Tomatoes was a blockbuster companion gardening book written in the 1970s by master gardener Louise Riotte. She later published a sequel entitled Carrots love Tomatoes and Roses love garlic, although it was a worthy addition to the realm of organic gardening knowledge available to home gardeners, it never matched the sensational success of the original book. Riotte validated what many old school gardeners and farmers knew all along, and introduced a generation of growers to the reality of companion planting.

Growing Carrots in Containers - Carrots grow well in containers, they do best in cooler temperatures as opposed to the balmy hot summer weather. Carrots are a hardy crop that should be planted in early spring.

Hydroponic Carrots - How to grow Carrots hydroponically, both indoors and outdoors. Lighting,Pollination, Grow media. nutrients, containers.

Growing Carrots in the Winter - In warmer regions where the ground does not freeze all that much, carrots can be planted right up through Halloween. In areas that experience heavy snow cover for long periods of timeYou'll want to heavily mulch the carrot beds with organic mulch such as leaves, hay or bark to prevent the tops from dying back.

Carrot Growing Problems

Trouble Shooting Carrots. Problems encountered when growing Carrots can be categorized into Pests, nutrients and cultural, disease issues. This article contains symptoms of common problems encountered in growing Carrots and their probable causes and treatments.

Carrot Insect Problems - Identification and Control of Carrot Plant Pests.

Deformed Carrots - Carrots are the edible taproot of the carrot plant aka Daucus carota. In a perfect world our carrots are long slender straight and tasty. Sorry to inform you that this is not a perfect world, at times our carrots are mangled and misshapen.

Odd shaped and misshapen carrots are not necessarily inedible, sometimes a tad woody, fibrous and not as sweet, but still edible, they are just 'special'. If it is a perfect carrot you desire there are a number of minor issues that need to be rectified.

How to Prevent Cracking In Carrots - One of the problems that happens from time to time is splitting and cracking of carrot roots, growth crack. The primary reason this occurs is inadequate moisture and sharp fluctuations in moisture. Not just too little water, but sometimes too much

Carrot Varieties

Carrot Varieties - From a purely botanical point of view, There are four major groupings of Carrots - Imperator, Nantes, Danvers and miniature radish style carrots. Various members of these groupings fall into several other categories - early, main-crop, and storage varieties.

Chantenay Carrots - Chantenay Carrots. Planting, Care, Cultivation, Seeds. Red Core Chantenay is an old world heirloom that originated in France, it is has relatively large diameter and the carrot itself is a tad stubby at roughly 5 to 7 inches long. It is a deep and consistently uniform deep orange color. Chantenay makes for a fine baby carrot and has excellent storage qualities

Danvers Carrots - When Bugs Bunny first uttered 'Whats up doc' he was probably chewing on a Danver's Carrot. They are stocky with a pointy tapered tip - firm with a crisp texture and juicy with a sweet flavor. Danver's is a hardy short season carrot that produces well in heavy North Eastern soils, which has added to its popularity.

Imperator Carrots - Imperators are long straight tapered carrots generally measuring 8 to 11 inches long when fully grown. There are a number of varieties of imperator carrots and they vary in size, texture and taste.

Little Fingers Carrots A French Heirloom, are miniature gourmet baby carrots measuring roughly 3 1/2" long x 1/2" round. It is smooth skinned with a small core. I have found this particular cultivar does best in containers, it is not as prolific or as reliable as some its cousins in the carrot Klan, but it certainly is sweet.

Paris Market Carrots Paris Market Carrot and similar varieties such as Parisan Carrots, are tiny tasty tidbits. Small Roundish deep orange carrots, slightly larger than a marble. They are relatively rapidly maturing carrots that are prized not only for their culinary versatility, but their adaptability to diverse garden habitats.

Purple Carrots - Ones first thought when catching a gander of a purple Carrot is that it is simply a novelty that might go good to jazz up a salad. While it is true, Purple carrots have some added aesthetic appeal, they are also nutrient and vitamin enriched beyond the scope of standard carrots. Their purple color is derived from their phytochemical constituents.

Scarlet Nantes Carrots - Scarlet Nantes Carrots are fairly short and stubby in comparison to standard classic varieties and also have a blunt tip - not the typical pointed one that you'll see bugs bunny gnawing on, and they simply aren't "cute" enough to display with the baby carrots. Many Home gardeners are well aware that taste and texture take precedence over any eye candy. Scarlet Nantes is a consistent producer of crunchy sweet carrots favored by many seasoned gardeners.

Health Related

Baby Carrot Farce - Supermarket 'baby carrots' are not really baby carrots at all, they're simply shaved carrots and if you read the package they are labeled as Baby CUT Carrots. In order to increase shelf life commercially grown carrots are treated with preservatives and chemicals, Bleach / Chlorine, known carcinogens are the Industry standard.