South Texas Gardener: Planting Carrots in the Fall

The fall season is actually the perfect time to start growing carrots here in South Texas. In this edition of the South Texas Gardener, Gabriel Vega joined us to show us the best way to plant carrots.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Carrot varieties that do best in Texas include Big Shot, Candy Stix, Caropak, Cheyenne, Danvers 126, Nantes, Navajo, Sugar Snax, and Vita-Sweet. 
When Choosing a site consider that :
Carrots do best in loose, sandy loam soils that are well drained. In heavy soils, they mature more slowly, and the roots are often rough and unattractive.
They will grow in some shade and do well in small gardens and flower beds.
Prepare the Soil:
Remove all rocks, trash and large pieces of plant material from the soil surface. Small, fine pieces of plant material can be turned under to enrich the soil.
Turn all plant material left into the soil 8 To 12 inches deep. Mound soil in 4 to 6 in high mounds if planting in rows. If using a square gardening approach, make sure to use a good potting soil that is light and airy. Pro mix or other potting mixes with high drainage.
In many South Texas areas, carrots can be grown all winter.
Carrots benefit from applications of compost tea from emergence until the tops are 5 to 8 inches high. Like all root crops, carrots require plenty of natural fertilizer rich in phosphorus. Excessive nitrogen or uneven soil moisture will cause forking and split roots.
Make one or two rows 1⁄2 inch deep on top of each prepared ridge. Scatter 18 to 20 seeds
per foot in the row. Because carrot seeds require 14 to 21 days to sprout.
Carrots grow best in cool temperatures of early spring and late fall.
Water the plants as required to keep the soil moist to about 3 inches deep.
When tops of the carrots are 4 inches tall, start to thin the carrots to 2 inches from each other. some may be big enough to eat at that point, As the continue to grow over the next few days, thin them out again to every for inches.
Overcrowding and rocky soils will result in poor quality roots.
 

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