Carrots

 

A general purpose fertilizer can be added but do not add manure. The seed bed should be in a Sunny position and prepared 1 to 2 weeks prior to sowing.

Early forcing carrots should be sown under cloches or in a cold frame from late February. Early outdoor varieties can be sown from late March to early July successionally and maincrop varieties from April to June. Final spacing should be 2.5cm (1") apart for earlies and 8 - 15cm (3 - 6") for maincrop in rows 15cm (6") apart for earlies and 30cm (1ft) for maincrop.

Carrots are one of the most universally popular vegetables but one which many people have problems with. Deep, fertile and free draining soils are preferred, but fresh manure will cause forking so should be avoided. Carrot Fly is the main enemy. Most methods are designed to foil the carrot fly by blocking the scent which it uses to find the carrot. These include growing carrots between strong smelling plants like onions and garlic or by laying down lawn mowings or cut herbs between the rows. Physical barriers about 60cm (2ft) high or growing under fleece are also very effective.

PARIS MARKET BARON
Fine quality round carrot of 2-3cm (21/2), is an early maturing carrot. Full of flavour.

AMSTERDAM FORCING
Early maturing variety from sowings under glass. Also suitable for later sowing outdoors.
Good colour and ideal for the freezer.

EARLY MARKET HORN
Exceptional stump rooted variety. Very early with crisp texture and sweet taste.

EARLY NANTES 5
An excellent early cylindrical variety with little core. Outstanding quality.

PRIMO F1 Hybrid
High yielding, quality, early carrot. Sow October and from January-February onwards. Produces smooth stump ended carrots with excellent colour.

SUGAR SNAX 54 F1 Hybrid
A cylindrical type with semi blunt tip, smooth and uniform, early maturing. Sweet flavoured and tender. High in beta-carotene. Good general disease tolerance. Suitable for baby and full-size carrot production. Harvest August to late November.

CHANTENAY ROYAL
Rich, deep orange carrot of fine flavour and texture.

NAIROBI F1 Hybrid
Cylindrical stump rooted second early or maincrop. Very smooth skin, good colour, stands well.

CNIGEL F1 Hybrid
High yielding with excellent uniformity. Strong roots with fine skin quality and flavour.

JAMES SCARLET INTERMEDIATE
Good maincrop variety. Heavy yields of pointed roots that will keep for a long time.

AUTUMN KING VITA LONGA
Long cylindrical roots of good colour and weight. May be left in the ground over winter.

 FLAKKEE 3
Dutch maincrop producing large roots which can be lifted and stored or left in the ground. Good for showing.

ST. VALERY
Exhibition carrots with very long roots of good colour and flavour.

ARTICO F1 Hybrid
A new maincrop variety, which has a strong root system and a good level of frost tolerance.

SAMURAI
Red skinned Japanese carrot with attractive pink flesh. Long tapered cylindrical shape.

KINBI
A golden yellow carrot. High in vitamins and one of the best flavoured carrots available.

WHITE BELGIUM
This is an old Dutch variety and once was widely used as a stock feed. The carrot has a mild flavour.

PURPLE HAZE F1 Hybrid
This new variety produces medium long roots of an exquisite deep purple colour. The internal colour is a contrast of orange and purple.

SPANISH BLACK
These very tapered carrots originate from Spain and have a purplish/black skin. Their internal colour is stunning mix of white and purple. This variety prefers moist soil conditions and has a mild taste.