Carrot seed requires no special preparation. Try sowing a row of carrots every 3 weeks, then you will always have fresh carrots to hand.
The bio-gardener sows alternate rows of carrot with onion.
Summer Carrot 'Amsterdamse bak' - SeedDaucus carota 'Amsterdamse bak'
A deliciously sweet and juicy summer carrot of the Amsterdam variety. This is a very popular carrot - very tasty! The 'Amsterdamse Bak' is a fast grower and can also be sown late. A very easy to cultivate carrot.Show more
How to SowSow in the ground, preferably in full sun, from March to August.
Sow indoors from mid-January to March.
There are two ways to sow:
- In the garden, preferably full sun, March to August. Loosen the soil to at least 30 cm deep. Prepare a groove 1 cm deep and label the row. Mix the fine carrot seed with a little sand and using your thumb and forefinger sprinkle the seeds into the soil, sowing as thinly as possible Cover them with soil (5 mm). Press the soil lightly down and sprinkle with water. Recommended spacing between rows: 20 cm.
- From mid-January, sow seeds in trays/boxes under glass - cold frame or indoors. Fill the trays/boxes with good fine seeding compost, mix the seeds with some dry sand and sow evenly over the compost. Then cover the seeds with a layer of the compost (5 mm or less), press lightly down and sprinkle with water, then cover with a sheet of glass (or the lid of your propagator). Place the trays/boxes in the light, at room temperature or in the cold frame. Once the seeds have germinated, remove the glass plate (lid).
Show moreThere is no need to add fertiliser for improving quality. Water more often during dry periods. Keep the plot weed free as this helps to promote the growth of the roots.
HarvestingHarvest period: June-November.
The smell of slightly damaged carrots during harvesting attracts the carrot fly. To prevent damage to the harvest, harvest the entire row and not be tempted to pull a handful of carrots every few days. It is best to harvest with a fork.
Simply place the fork along the plants and lift the earth to release the carrots. Summer carrots, harvest in the summer and winter carrots, you guessed it, in the winter!
Show moreCarrots are orange which is the colour of the Netherlands ‘Royals’. In the 17th century, ships of the VOC brought back with them a purple carrot discovered in Iran. The Dutch market gardeners, very patriotic, multiplied trials, successfully, to give an orange colour to carrots. There is a range of various. Seedlings are tolerant to a little frost, which is not the case of carrots that are already formed, they must be harvested before the arrival of the first frosts.
How to useCarrots store well for at least ten days in the fridge, they are also suitable for freezing. You can cook them with potatoes, but do not cook for too long as they are best when the roots remain firm. Cooked in a Wok, sliced carrots are delicious. Carrots are popular and healthy eaten raw in salads and are packed with vitamins, minerals and carotene which is a good antioxidant! Clean your carrots under running water by scrubbing with a nail brush.
Did you know that rabbits love carrot leaves?