Growing carrots in Australia is easy when you have the correct knowledge. Carrots are one of the few root crops that can be eaten raw or cooked!
When to plant carrots
The best time to plant carrots in Australia is spring, autumn and winter. Try and avoid cold and hot extremes unless your willing to give you carrots that little extra TLC.
How & where to plant
Whilst you can purchase carrot as seedling from garden centres, in truth they do not respond well to transplanting so best to plant in biodegradable pots for seedlings first (remembering to break the bottoms when planting out) or directly into the garden soil. There are varieties of carrot seed available that mature at different times and by staggering your planting times, you can have carrots on hand almost year-round. Follow the directions on the seed packet carefully and be sure not to plant too deep as they will not germinate. Carrots store well in the ground and it’s better to have too many than not enough so plant several packets if you have room for them. Carrots dislike high nitrogen fertilisers and often grow best in soil that has been ‘used’ by other vegetables the previous season without further feeding. ‘Baby’ carrot varieties grow well in pots of Searles Herb & Vegetable Premium Specialty Mix, as can several blunt-rooted varieties.
Vegetable Health & Care
Good drainage is important in preventing rot-related diseases, so build up garden beds and mix in plenty of river sand if you need to improve drainage. Crop rotation can be very helpful in preventing soil-borne diseases. Keep moist, but don’t overwater as this can lead to root rot. Thin young seedlings and weed between carrots frequently. For extra sweet and healthy carrots, try an application of SeaMax® Seaweed every fortnight.
If aphids are a problem, spray with Searles Bug Beater Natural Pyrethrum Spray or hose off. Rotting may be a result of bacteria and can be overcome by crop rotation. Soil borne pests such a weevils can be discouraged with companion planting.
To harvest, ease them out of the ground with a trowel to avoid snapping the root and twist off foliage before storing.
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