Carrot Nantes 300 Seeds
- Carrot seed is viable for 3 years.
- Direct-sow carrot seed in the garden 4 to 2 weeks before the last spring frost; moisten the soil before planting so that the tiny, light seeds do not blow away.
- Lay the seed on the seed bed then cover with ¼ inch of fine soil; then sprinkle the soil gently with a fine spray of water trying as best you can to avoid disturbing the seed. Cover seed with no more than ½ inch (1 cm) of fine, loose soil.
- Sow seed 2 inches (5 cm) apart or plan to thin seedlings to 2 to 3 inches apart.
- Planting carrots on a raised row is a good way to know exactly where you’ve planted; rake loose soil into a raised 8-inch wide mound and then sow atop the raised flattened row and cover with soil.
- Space rows 6 to 8 inches (15-20 cm) apart; space 3 rows in a 30-inch-wide (0.75cm) bed and 4 rows in a 36 inch (0.9m) bed.
- Perhaps the easiest way to not over sow is to simply and carefully sow just one or two seeds at a time; this will take time, but you will likely not need to thin seedlings later.
- Keep the soil evenly moist until seeds germinate. Avoid creating crusted soil; carrot seeds will struggle to emerge through crusted soil.
- Germination will come in about 6 days if the soil temperature is at or near 75°F (24°C)—but sometimes seed can take up to 3 weeks to germinate if the soil is cold. Germination will not occur in soil chillier than 45°F (7°C).
- A good time to sow carrots is about the time you sow pole beans or set out tomato transplants.
- It’s easy to over sow carrot seeds; to avoid over-seeding mix seed with sand, vermiculite, or dry used coffee grounds—that way you can see where you sow. Pelleted carrot seeds or seed tapes are an even easier way to sow carrots.
- If started indoors and transplanted out, allow carrots two additional weeks to maturity as a result of root insult at transplanting; nip off the long thread tip of the carrot root when transplanting.
- To improve germination sow seed at dusk or on a cool, cloudy day.
- Add aged compost to planting beds in advance of sowing; compost will feed the soil and aide moisture retention.
- Make additional sowings at 3-week intervals for a continuous harvest; but time your seed sowing so that crops do not mature in hot weather.
- Carrots grow best when daytime temperatures are in the 60s°
- Carrots prefer a pH range of at least 5.5 to 6.5, optimal above 6.0.
- Grow carrots in full sun for best yield; carrots tolerate partial shade.
- Avoid planting carrots where celery, dill, fennel, parsley, or parsnips have grown recently.
- Fertilize with an organic fertilizer such as fish emulsion at half strength.
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