Vegetable Gardening Articles
Few vegetables are as commonly liked as carrots. They provide a great complement to many meals and can be cooked in many delicious ways. However, the more you can eat them raw the better, since cooking (especially in water) leaches out the essential nutrients.
They provide huge amounts of vitamin A, as well as vitamins C, K, beta carotene, calcium and iron. Vision, skin tone, cell reproduction, and bone growth benefit from the nutrients in carrots.
Growing Conditions for Carrots
Originally from the Mediterranean region, carrots are a good choice for growing here in our valley, with its similar climate. You’ll have your best luck in spring and fall, since they like cooler weather.
They can even survive a little frost, which makes them something we can get started in the garden by mid-April.
Carrots' Soil Demands
Carrots love and arguably need a finer soil with good depth to match whatever variety you might be growing.
If finer soil is out of the question, choose a carrot variety that has a short to medium length. Amend the soil at least to the depth of your carrot variety, using lots of sand. It is well worth the investment to develop a carrot patch. You don't have to work up the soil in the entire garden to the carrot’s high standards…just its own patch!