MY MICHIGAN GARDEN
Nantes Coreless Carrot
Plant root: 6-8"
Planting Depth: 3/8"
Soil Temp, Germ: 55-75°F
Days to Germ.: 6-14
Plant Spacing: 1-3"
Days to Maturity: 65-75
Carrot, (Daucus carota var. sativus
One of the all-around garden favorites for several reasons. They are
extremely rich in Beta Carotene, a precursor to vitamin A common to
most of our orange colored foods. Cooked or raw, they enhance flavor and
health in our diets.
Nantes Coreless Carrot: An almost coreless carrot that is brilliant
orange throughout the root. Good for fresh eating and a fine freezer as well.
Carrots can be sown from early spring through mid-summer. Fork and rake
meticulously to obtain a smooth surface for planting. Plant ½ - ¾" deep,
sowing seeds thinly into rows 6-15" apart. Press soil firmly over seeds,
Carrot seeds must be kept moist to germinate. They may require a thin mulch
and daily watering to germinate in hot climates. Germination can take up to
three weeks so be patient. Thinning is done at two intervals: once when too
young to consider for eating, and again when baby carrots can be enjoyed.
At this point, thin to 2-4" to obtain choice cylindrical roots.
Watch for slugs, snails and grasshoppers on young plants; they will eat
every last one.
Soil & Water:
Carrots grow best in light, sandy, well-enriched loam that has been well
composted the previous growing season, for example where corn or potatoes
were grown. Roots grown with fresh fertilizers, especially manure, tend
to be hairy with more soil-borne insect problems such as wire worms.
Keep the soil moist... but not soggy until the seeds germinate.
After germination, water as needed, cutting back a bit as the plants mature
Carrots can be harvested any time once the shoulders have turned orange.
Roots can be left in the ground and mulched for winter storage where deep
freezing does not occur. Heavily mulch the plants with woodchips or straw.
Carrots June 13
Carrots Junly 3
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