Winter Carrots

Growing Carrots in the Winter

Planting Carrots in Fall for a Spring Harvest - Over Wintering Carrots

Carrots grown in cool weather are much sweeter than those grown in the summer heat, they are also a deeper orange. If you get an early enough start you can direct seed in August to harvest around the winter holidays in northern latitudes, further south, a little later is just fine. Growing them under cold frames or a row cover is helpful in ensuring a successful harvest as their tops will be protected.

In my climate zone , the New York area, I prefer not to direct seed this late in the season [It's late September] but start from young plants in peat pots for a harvest in early spring. Transplanting can cause forked and curved carrot roots using peat pots helps avoid this.

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 dieing back.

Raised Beds warm up faster in spring, they will also retain more warmth later in the season than planting directly on the ground does. If you have them are awesome, the elevated soil of raised beds will not freeze as readily as ground soil.

Carrots need soil temperatures between 45 and 85F. Maintaining that temperature range in raised beds or containers is much more feasible.

Most carrot varieties reach maturity in about 60 days, smaller varieties such as Little Fingers and Paris Market will generally mature much faster.

When warm weather returns, mature carrots left in the ground may go to seed. If your seed saving - this is okay. If you are not seed saving pull them out and store them as the roots will become fibrous, hairy and useless from a culinary point of view. on Facebook

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