Carrots are a great source of vitamins and minerals and also contain beta-carotene, which is the orange pigment that helps make carrots orange. Our bodies convert this beta-carotene into vitamin A, which is a fantastic vitamin for promoting eye health.
Growing carrots can sometimes be challenging, particularly during warm seasons. The seeds are small and not sown very deeply, making them very prone to drying out. Cooler weather during winter can help keep the soil moist for longer, allowing the tiny seeds to germinate and establish.
Yates® Carrot ‘Topweight’ is a perfect carrot for sowing all around Australia in July. It’s one of the most popular carrot varieties with long and tasty rich orange roots.
Here are some tips to get the best carrot results:
- Grow carrots in a sunny garden bed that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day.
- Carrots need soft and loose soil, otherwise they won’t grow nice and straight. Before sowing, dig around in the soil really well to break up any clumps and hard pieces.
- Sow the seed 6 mm deep and then it’s crucial to keep the area moist until the seeds germinate and begin to establish. Lack of moisture, even for a short time, can mean the end for the germinating seeds. To help keep the soil moist, in addition to regular watering you can cover the area with shade cloth, damp hessian or cardboard. You must check under the cover every day and as soon as the first few seedlings emerge, remove the cover. Seeds may take up to 3 weeks to germinate, so be patient
- Seedlings will need to be thinned out when they’re 4 weeks old, to give all the plants enough room to grow. Leave around 5 cm between each carrot.
- Feed the carrot plants every 1 – 2 weeks with Yates® Thrive® All Purpose Soluble Fertiliser, which is a complete plant food that contains nitrogen for healthy leaf growth as well as phosphorus to promote root (carrot) growth.
- Yates® Carrot ‘Topweight’ will mature in 16 – 20 weeks after sowing, however you can harvest some smaller tender young carrots before then.