Carrots are delicious, and are used in many recipes. Theyre very easy to grow, and don’t need much effort/space. By growing your own carrots, your more self-sustainable, save money from buying overpriced supermarket carrots, and like most vegetables, taste best freshly picked from your garden.
Varieties Of Carrots
Most people can name 1-5 varieties of carrots, but there are an estimated 40 different types of carrots. Colours ranging from orange, yellow, and white to red, purple, and black. Here are some recommended varieties:
‘Tendersweet‘- Produce orange, tender/sweet, 7 inch carrots that grow in 75 days, thrives in full sun, well-drained, sandy soil.
‘Red‘-Produce red, sweet, 6 inch carrots that grow in 65-80 days, thrives in well-drained, sandy soil.
‘Deep Purple Hybrid‘- Produce deep purple, sweet, 7-8 inch carrots that grow in 75-80 days, thrives in well-drained, sandy soil.
‘Lunar White‘- Produce white, sweet, 6 inch carrots that grow in 65-80 days, thrives in well-drained, sandy, slightly acidic soil.
How To Grow Carrots
the main sowing season is late March to June, but earlier sowing can be worth it, if sowed in a greenhouse or indoors.
Good soil preparation is essential, make sure there aren’t any lumps, and remove as many stones as possible. Carrots are best grown in open grounds, but you can try smaller carrots in containers/pots, or growing bags. They require an open, sunny site and fertile, well-drained soil. Sow the seed 1cm deep in rows 5-10 cm apart.
Carrots should be fertilized when the tops have reached 3 inches tall. A granular type fertilizer will work well, choose a fertilizer that has little nitrogen and more potassium and phosphate e.g. 0-10-10 or 5-15-15.
Nutrients and health benefits
Carrots are not only delicious, they are rich in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals– A, K-1, B-6, B-7/8/ H, and potassium. Plant compounds– Beta-carotene, Alpha-carotene, Lutein, Lycopene, Polyacetylenes, and Anthocyanins. They contain Omega-3, Omega-6, Monounsaturated, Polyunsaturated, and are rich in fiber.
Carrots reduce the risk of cancer, lower blood cholesterol, aid in weight loss, are extremely beneficial to our eyes, and are easy to add to our diet.
How To Add To Your Diet
Carrots are very easy to add to your diet, they can be enjoyed as snacks on their own, but are also included in so many recipes. Here are some ways you can enjoy eating carrots: Carrot casserole, smoothies, carrot sticks with vegetable dips, homemade Asian takeouts, slow-cooked, side dish to many meals, cakes, carrot chips/fries, etc.