Secrets and tips for a successful carrot harvest in 2024: what you should know

By Andrii MaistrenkoJun 14, 2024 08:30 AMGarden
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Secrets and tips for a successful carrot harvest in 2024
Secrets and tips for a successful carrot harvest in 2024. Source: www.epicgardening.com

Carrots are a staple in every garden, and knowing the best time to plant them is essential to ensuring a bountiful harvest. These resilient root vegetables can withstand adverse weather conditions and grow in low temperatures. SSPDaily stated that to achieve a successful harvest, it is important to consider the appropriate planting time, the lunar calendar, and choose the right carrot varieties.

When to plant carrots

Typically, carrots are not grown from seeds indoors but are directly sown in the garden. Ideally, you should sow them as soon as the snow has completely melted and the soil temperature reaches +3-5 degrees Celsius.

Carrot seedlings are hardy enough to survive spring cold and soil frosts as long as the air temperature warms up to +10 - +12 degrees Celsius during the day. The recommended planting period for carrots in 2024 is from April 1 to 10 and from April 28 to 30.

Choosing the right carrot variety

It is advisable to prefer domestic carrot seeds over imported varieties as they tend to exhibit greater stability and endurance. While imported varieties may offer brighter and more intense flavors, they are generally less reliable. Carrots can be categorized into early, mid-season, and late-season varieties.

Early varieties are suitable for quick harvesting but may not store well in winter. Late-ripening varieties are better suited for long-term storage. For more flexibility, choose mid-season varieties as they ripen quickly enough and can be stored efficiently.

When not to plant carrots

Avoid sowing carrots during the new and full moon phases. In April, refrain from planting between April 13 and 26 as this period falls during the waxing moon phase, which may not be very favorable for carrot growth. Additionally, if there is unexpected snow or frost, it is advisable to postpone planting for a week to protect the seedlings.

Planting recommendations

To ensure optimal carrot growth, soil preparation is crucial. Before planting, clear the area of weeds, dig up the soil, and loosen it to facilitate proper root development. Choose a sunny, wind-protected location for your carrot bed, as warm, sun-warmed soil is ideal for carrot growth.

Raised beds are beneficial as they prevent excessive moisture accumulation, which can hinder carrot development. Consider situating the beds next to onion beds, as onions can help deter pests from both crops.

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