The carrot is a vegetable that you can grow easily at home, and enjoy it that way, all year round.
Eating carrots is one of the healthiest foods we can eat.
Both inside, for its many vitamins, and outside because it will allow us to accelerate and maintain the brown skin, so we’re going to offer you below, a step-by-step guide in which we explain how to sow carrots.
Carrots, whether raw or cooked, are widely used in the kitchen and are among the ingredients in many recipes; in the kitchen, they are useful for soups, stews, purées, desserts, pastas, juices, or smoothies …
In short, it is a very versatile food that can serve both for the preparation of an accompaniment as for a main dish, so if you have a terrace, a garden or a small garden on the balcony, sowing carrots will be a great idea.
Steps to sow carrots
Sowing or cultivating carrots does not require special care, as it is something really easy to get, as we explain below:
Soil processing: The soil suitable for carrot cultivation is draining and light, and must be previously worked. A few months before sowing carrot seedlings, it will be necessary to dig manually or with the help of the grower and fertilize the soil with ripe manure.
Fertilization: To carry out fertilization, you must excavate a furrow approximately 40 cm deep for the entire length of the affected area and spread, at the bottom, ripe manure in the amount of 2-3 kg per square meter of worked land.
Next, you have to make another furrow, parallel to the first, whose spaces should cover the manure arranged in the previous furrow. Once this is done, proceed as in the first furrow until the complete plot is completed.
Carrot sowing: The best time to proceed with carrot sowing is in spring, although in temperate regions, they can be planted all year round. Before you start sowing carrots in the open, make sure that the soil does not contain any manure residues.
Sowing in rows at a distance of 20 cm from each other to facilitate harvesting and maintenance, as well as the elimination of weeds. After sowing the carrot, cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil and then water to compact the soil.
Carrot watering: Watering should be done when the soil is completely dry and taking care not to generate stagnant water.
Care and harvest: While waiting for the harvest it is not necessary to fertilize, only eliminate weeds, which limits growth with removal interventions.
After sowing, the plants should be watered with a hand shower to avoid disrupting seed distribution or damaging newly sprouted seedlings. Avoid pumps or jets of water that are too strong and could damage developing seedlings.
Steps for sowing carrots in a pot
Sowing carrots is a simple process if you decide to do it in the soil, but it will be easier to do it in a pot.
- To grow carrots in pots, you will need containers at least 30 to 40 cm deep.
- For the substrate, use universal soil to mix with pearlite or pumice to ensure better drainage.
- In case of sowing in summer, to protect the carrots from the sun, move the pots to a half shaded area until the plant reaches a height of 10 cm. The carrot in a pot should be watered daily.