Grow your own: Carrots

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Grow your own carrots
Carrots are another really versatile veg - you can use them in soups, salads, on the side of many mains and even in a naughty carrot cake! They're a great source of vitamins A and C, so grow them yourself and get the kids involved with the cooking.

Did you know?

They might not help you see in the dark, but carrots really are good for your sight. They contain lutein and vitamin A which are both great for protecting your eyes.

What you'll need

  • Compost
  • Leaf mould
  • Carrot seeds
  • Horticultural fleece
  • Slug pellets
  • Spade

When to start planting?

February - August.

When are they ready?

Pull them up from June onwards.

Where to plant?

In an open and sunny spot, in soil that's free from stones and weeds. Dig in compost and leaf mould.

Step-by-step guide

1. Sow the seeds just 1cm (1/2in) deep, 15cm (6in) apart. Do this sometime from February - August.
2. Make slits in your soil with a spade.
3. Cover your seeds with spent compost of leaf mould.
4. Once they've germinated, you need to 'thin' them - which means pulling out the weakest looking seedlings to leave your stronger seedlings around 10cm (4in) apart. This will give them enough space to grow into big carrots.
5. Use slug pellets to keep slugs from ruining your carrots and cover the crops with a protective layer of fleece to protect from carrot root fly.


You can get a pack of carrot seeds for as little as £2, so they're great value!

Top tip for growing

Water the seedlings a while before you 'thin' them - it'll make them easier to pull out and less likely to attract carrot root fly.

Goodtoknow's easy gardening rating:

4/5 - you'll get a good amount of carrots for not a lot of effort!

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