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Growing Carrots

Growing Carrots

Yellowstone Carrots



Carrots are cool season root vegetables with fragrant, ferny foliage. Varieties are available with roots in a range of sizes, shapes, and colors.

How to Grow

Direct sow carrots in the garden up to 3 weeks before the last frost in spring. Space seeds an inch apart and thin them to a 2 inch spacing when plants are a few inches tall. Space rows 16 to 24 inches apart. Seed is somewhat slow to germinate and should be covered with ¼ to ½ inch of soil.

Plant every 2 to 3 weeks for an extended harvest. Mulch or lightly mound soil over the root tops to keep them from turning green.


For full sun. Best in fertile, moist, well-drained light soils. Requires even moisture for best root quality and to prevent splitting. Benefits from good soil preparation and best grown in raised beds in shallow or heavy soils. Can be mulched heavily in fall and dug from the garden as needed.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Carrots are light feeders that benefit from occasional fertilization. Use low rates of  ALGOplus All Purpose 6-6-6 liquid fertilizer or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1.

Common Problems

Carrots are usually free from serious pest and disease problems. Carrot weevils, leafhoppers, deer, woodchucks, and rabbits may feed on plants. Black swallowtail caterpillars, sometimes called parsleyworms, may feed on the leaves, but rarely cause significant damage.

Alternative Products

Other root vegetables are Parsnips, Radish, and Turnip

Product Recommendations

Floating Row Covers can be used to protect Carrots from insect pests. Use Hot Pepper Wax Animal Repellent to discourage critters from eating carrots. Insect pests can be controlled with Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew.

Carrot Facts

Carrot is classified as Daucus carota and is the same species as Queen Anne's Lace.


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