Carrot - a red-haired beauty at your dacha
One can’t do without a favorite carrot in a summer cottage. Each summer resident tries to organize at least a small bed in order to grow this root crop, traditional for our regions. Grow carrots along with other root vegetables and lettuce. A typical garden bed for this family may consist of three sections of 1 m 20 cm each: with onions and beets, with carrots, radishes and lettuce. You can repeat these sections as needed.
Good neighbors for carrots
Traditionally, it is recommended to plant onions next to carrots or right among its crops in order to scare away the carrot fly. Therefore, plant onions next to carrots at the end of each garden bed, and plant chives (chives) in the part of your garden with root crops and herbs.
Also, next to carrots, you can plant plants from the umbrella family (cumin or coriander), calendula, chamomile.
Soil quality for carrots
Carrots require deeply cultivated, loose, well-drained soil. If your soil is far from ideal, you can grow carrots in high beds or choose its short, round or small varieties. Carrots require a soil pH of 6.3-6.8. In a more acidic soil, carrots lose their taste and become dull. Grow it in the sun and do not water too abundantly, otherwise the roots may rot.
Carrot Sowing Time
Carrots should be sown directly on the bed; up to 3 weeks before germination. You can sow it in early spring, but if there are heavy spring rains where you live, you should wait with sowing until the end of May. So you avoid the danger of leaching your crops. For autumn harvesting, you can sow it later.
Methods for sowing carrots
The fastest way to sow is to mix carrot seeds with an equal amount of sand and disperse this mixture in the garden. After germination, seedlings should be thinned out, leaving a distance of 5-7 cm between plants in all directions. If you have the patience to place seeds at a distance of 5 cm from each other, you can do without thinning seedlings.
Shelter of carrot beds
After sowing, you can close the bed with boards or a black film to preserve soil moisture and to control weeds. After two weeks, the coating can be removed.
Carrots do not need a lot of fertilizer, their excess leads to the growth of the additional roots. Prepare the soil by adding composted manure to it in the fall, and do not fertilize the carrots after planting.
After the emergence of carrots (and their thinning) between plants, sprinkle small mulch, for example grass crumbs.
If you think the carrots are ripe, check this out by ripping out a couple of root vegetables. Before harvesting, water the garden so that carrots are easily removed from the soil. Having taken out the carrots, shake it, tear off the leaves. Lay in layers in wet sand and store in a dark, cool place.