Mmmm...carrots! Get your seed in the ground as soon as it can be worked, but make sure you keep soil evenly moist for up to 14 days as seedlings start to emerge. Spacing carrots evenly can be difficult so don't be afraid of thinning early on. One trick is to mix a little radish seed in while planting the row, as radish pops up in no time both marking the row and breaking through the soil's crust to let those delicate little carrots through later on.

When growing carrots, take a look at your soil type—the heavier it is, the harder it is for those roots to push down, and the thicker/stubbier your carrots will be. Rocky ground? More odd shapes and twisters. Sandy? You’re off to the races!

Did you know...not all carrots are equal? Carrot varieties can be grouped into 4 different categories. Read the desciptions below to find out what type of carrot is best for you!

Chantenay Type: Cone-shaped with vigourous top growth. The best for storage. Harvest at 6-7" to avoid a woody core. 

Imperator Type: The common grocery store variety in North America. Big and sweet. The long taproot means that these grow best in fine, sandy soil. Choose this type when your soil is well prepared to at least 1' deep. Harvest these beasts at about 10".

Nantes Type: Often the best choice for home gardeners. Quick and less likely to form pithy cores when left in the ground. Performs well in heavy soils as they are cylindrical with blunt tips. Harvest at 6-7". 

Danvers Type: Longer than Chantaney but shorter than Imperator. Conical shape but do well in heavy soils. Store well but great for fresh eating, too.

Ball shaped or "radish-style". Great for containers and heavy/clayey/rocky soils. Short taproots mean they can deal with shallow root zones. Harvest small (1-2"). Traditionally these were served with their stems attached.