Carrots: The Perfect Springtime Vegetable



carrots grown from the garden

 

If you’re like many people these days, you try to buy organic produce whenever possible. You want to avoid harmful pesticides and other chemicals that are often found on fruits and vegetables in grocery stores. However, it can get expensive to buy organic food exclusively. So, why not grow your own and avoid chemicals and high costs?

 

Gardening at home is a fun, outdoor activity that the entire family can enjoy. Who doesn’t love being out in the yard and soaking up the sun? And if you're passionate about gardening, consider installing a greenhouse in your yard. You can enjoy gardening all year long.

 

Contact your local greenhouse manufacturer to receive information on how to maintain a garden even during the colder, winter months — Florian Sunrooms does it best — a company that has been in the greenhouse business for decades. 

 

If you're wondering how to start your vegetable garden and what to plant this season, look no further. One of the most simple, healthiest, and delicious vegetables to grow is the carrot. Read on to discover how you can quickly grow this yummy root vegetable at home. With your very own bountiful harvest of carrots, you'll soon be wondering why you ever bothered shopping for them at the store!

 

Health Benefits

 

Carrots are full of nutrients. They're loaded with Vitamin A (which protects the immune system), fiber, beta-carotene, Vitamin K1, and antioxidants. 

 

They're also weight-loss-friendly food and have been associated with lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health.


Planting

 

Carrots can be challenging to grow in clay soils, but if you dig deep and use plenty of soil conditioner and compost, there will be beautiful results. 

 

For the best crop possible, double-dig your planting area. The goal is to have loose, rock-free soil. If you have heavy soil, be sure to add plenty of mature compost.

 

Ideally, start to sow this cool-weather crop three weeks before the last expected frost and plant again every one to three weeks after that. Your produce will likely take 70 to 80 days to mature, so sow your final planting two to three months before the first expected autumn frost.

 

Rake your soil free of stones or lumps and plant the seeds in rows. Put a pinch of about six seeds to every inch. It will take about two weeks to sprout, and you can always mix in quick-growing radish seeds to mark the rows. Remember to water the seeds gently to avoid washing any of the seeds away, and keep the soil continuously moist for best germination.

 

Carrots are great for growing in a raised garden bed because the deep soil is perfect for their long roots. Before long, you’ll have a garden full of delicious carrots (and don’t forget — they come in several different colors, so diversify your garden with beautiful shades of purples, oranges, and pinks)!

 

Carrots are not only easy to grow; they're also easy to eat! You can snack on them raw, put them in soups or juices, and make an excellent side dish for just about anything. Get outside and enjoy the sunshine — reap the benefits of growing your carrots (and vegetables of all sorts) at home.