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Botanical Name: Daucus carota
Common Name(s): Carrots
Categories: Fruits and Vegetables
Carrots come in many shapes and sizes. They are adaptable to different climatic conditions and can be grown throughout most of the year, although sowing in early winter may result in plants going to seed without forming roots.
Synonym: Daucus carota var. carota
Botanical Pronunciation: DAW-kus kuh-ROE-tuh
Semi Frost Hardy
Common Pests and Diseases
Aphids, cutworm. Leaf blight during prolonged wet weather.
Harvest within three to four months from sowing, or when they reach the desired size.
Carrots come in many shapes and sizes. They are adaptable to different climatic conditions and can be grown throughout most of the year.
Carrots are one of the best of all the health foods, high in vitamins A, C and E, Selenium and zinc. They are natural anti-oxidants and should be considered in everyday diet. Moreover, carrot juice and fresh carrot are recommended as treatments for cancer.
Interesting Planting Ideas
Plant near basil, chives, lettuce, onions and peas as they will thrive.
Do not plant carrots near cabbages, potatoes, fennel, broccoli and cauliflower. They all stunt one another's growth.
Keep well watered, a thin mulch will be beneficial.
Sow seed directly into beds or rows where they are to mature; sow thinly and cover with about 10mm of soil. Seedlings may take up to three weeks to emerge; take care to keep the soil damp until they do.
Carrots prefer sandy loam soil that has been enriched with organic material for a previous leafy crop. Fresh organic material will cause malformed and forked roots.
Medicinal - Rich in vitamin A, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium, raw carrot daily is good for the liver, the kidneys and the entire digestive tract. It also helps to detoxify the whole body and acts as a tonic to the blood. Also, it has antibacterial and antiviral properties.
A 5m-long row should be enough for a family of four. Sow every six weeks in the season.