How to grow juicy and sweet carrots
Soil solves a lot
For the successful cultivation of carrots need light land. It is important that fresh organic matter was introduced to the beds at least a year ago. Otherwise, the carrots will simply go to the tops, and the roots will be "ugly" and tasteless.
The soil must have good moisture permeability so that after abundant watering or rain the water does not stagnate, forming a swamp. Like most root vegetables, carrots need a fairly loose “cushion” of treated soil to a depth of at least 30 cm without stones, weeds, and earthy lumps.
Ideal predecessors can be called early cabbage, cucumbers, zucchini, onions or tomatoes. At the same time, the place for carrots should be open and sunny.
Proper carrot sowing
In central Russia, carrots should be sown in late April - early May, it all depends on the weather. In the Black Earth and Siberia dates are shifting. For autumn and winter use later sowing is allowed.In this case, the landing must be carried out no later than May 25.
Carrots are recommended to be sown in beds that are 25-40 cm apart from each other. The depth of seed placement depends on the type of soil. In wet or heavy soil, it can be from 1.5 to 2.5 cm.
Soil after sowing should not dry out, especially if granulated seeds were used. For reinsurance can protect crops nonwoven fabric.
Caring for the carrots by the rules
The seedlings of carrots at the initial stage of their development are relatively weak, therefore they need sensitive care. It should be weeded and thinned in time, keeping a distance of 3-5 cm between the plants.
After the emergence of seedlings, watering should be reduced to 7–10 days. At the same time, it is necessary to control the moisture to a depth of 10-20 cm. If you overdo it with watering, the carrots will be tasteless and watery.
With the appearance of the sixth leaf carrots require feeding. On these dates it is recommended to conduct foliar feeding with any complex fertilizer in compliance with the instructions. Do not overdo it with nitrogen, because its excess will reward the roots with an unpleasant iodine flavor.
Choosing the right sort of carrot
Experienced gardeners know that root crops of medium length, cylindrical shape, with a non-sharp end and a small core, have good taste parameters. These requirements correspond to many well-known variety.Nantes. However, it has been in the Russian State Register for over 75 years! Do not be afraid of experimenting with varieties.
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