There’s nothing like having fresh carrots in the kitchen. As versatile as carrots are, they can practically be considered kitchen staples. The best part about it is carrots are very easy to grow. You can grow them in a small space in your backyard and have carrots whenever you please. If you live in a place that doesn’t get winters, even better because you can plant trees all year long. They grow best in the spring, but they’ll also thrive in other temperatures except for frost. The most important thing with planting carrots, though, is knowing when to harvest them. But before we get into harvesting, let’s quickly go over how to plant them.
First off, decide where you’ll be planting them. You can build a small garden for your carrots or even use a flowerbed. Carrots can live under a little bit of shade, but plenty of sunshine is better for their growth. Make sure your soil is enriched, fine, and softened before planting. Plant the carrots in rows that are at least 1 to 2 feet apart, and plant the seeds ½ an inch deep and about 2 inches apart. After this, the only thing to do is wait for them to grow.
When will the carrots be ready?
There are a few things to do so you can know when the carrots are ready. We’ve written down a few steps for you to follow and consider so you can guarantee you’re getting the best crops.
- Make sure to write down when you planted the carrots. This is important because it’ll give you an estimate of when they can be harvested. Depending on the variety you picked, harvest times will vary. Typically, carrots are mature and ready for picking after 60 days, but you can always check close to this time to see if they are ready. You also need to thin your carrots as soon as they’ve grown about 4 inches high. This will allow them enough room to spread out and grow.
- Once you’ve estimated the harvest date, care for your plant thoroughly and pay attention to weeds. When the date is coming near, you can check how your carrots are doing. Brush back the soil on top of the carrot. This will allow you to check the thickness of the top. A diameter of ¾ to 1 inch means that the carrot is mature. Remember that you can also harvest carrots before they mature if you wish.
- If you’re ready to test the whole carrot, moisten the soil around the carrot with a little bit of water. This will allow you to pull it out easier without damaging the plant.
- If you like what you’re seeing on the carrot and would like to harvest, check the other carrots before doing a big harvest. Check the tops of the surrounding carrots to see if they’ve developed to around the same size. When ready, dig back some more and loosen the soil. You can use a garden trowel to help you do this. Carefully, pull up the carrot roots while holding the greens, taking extra measure not to separate them from the carrot.
- Check the size of your carrots. Are they the expected length for the variety? Some carrots grow to a maximum of 6 inches while others grow to 9 inches. If they’ve grown large enough, you can be assured that the rest of the carrots you planted are the same. Harvest what you need and enjoy.
If you’d like to have continuous carrot harvests during the growing season, you can plant seeds every week or two weeks to spread out the harvest. You can have fresh carrots each week if planned accordingly. Also generally try to have anywhere from 5 to 10 feet of carrots per row in your garden. Each row can produce approximately 1 pound of carrots, enough for about two carrots for the week. Increase this number as needed for your household. It never hurts to plant more carrots and have plenty of extras. They hold up pretty well in the pantry and are great for you. Growing carrots will give you some of the most nutritious foods you can provide your body.