The Atomic Red carrot is a delicious and nutritious carrot with a classic shape, growing six to eight inches long with a tapered end. The flesh is a beautiful deep red-orange and the skin is smooth, firm, and bright red.
The quintessential root crop, homegrown carrots are a beautiful burst of color and fresh flavor. This vegetable is a staple crop for many reasons: multiple harvests can be had per season, an abundant yield is produced in a dense space, carrots are cheap and easy to grow and the taste and nutrition are supreme.
Because it is the root that is desired, carrots should not be transplanted, only sown directly into a bed. Take extra time to ensure the soil is well loosened, as fine as possible, 30 cm or deeper and free of debris. Seeds should be sown directly 2-4 weeks before the last frost date, or 90 days before the first frost. Be faithful and patient, germination can take up to 21 days.
With the handle of a garden tool draw out the tiniest trench, about 1 cm deep. Space rows 45-60 cm apart and deposit seeds, 1 every cm, into the small trough. Just barely cover the trench with the excess soil and firm the seeds into place with gentle compression. Water well with a mist setting if possible. Seeds can easily be dislodged and washed away. A constant moisture level is extremely important throughout the germination process.
Thin to 4-10 cm apart when the greens are 2 cm tall. The thinning process is also crucial, the carrots will not thrive if they are overcrowded and competing for resources.
Once thinned, add mulch around the base of the greens. This will retain moisture and smother weeds. Be vigilant about removing any weeds that do spring up and cover exposed crowns to prevent greening. Carrots will typically be ready to harvest in 60-80 days. They can be pulled selectively at any size or left underground to grow larger.
- The original wild ancestor of the carrot originated in Afghanistan, but it's in central Asia that they were first cultivated for their aromatic seeds and leaves. One of the naturally occurring subspecies of the wild carrot was bred over centuries to reduce bitterness, increase sweetness and minimize the woody core. Around the first century AD, the Romans started cultivating carrots for their roots. This process produced the familiar garden vegetable that we know today. During the 17th century, productive varieties of orange carrots were developed by the Dutch, and it became their best-known colour, but carrots also come in white, yellow, red and purple.
- Some close relatives of the wild carrot are still grown today for their leaves and seeds, such as parsley, cilantro, coriander, fennel, anise, dill and cumin.
- Carrot seeds will remain viable for 3 years if stored in a cool, dark place, ideally between 4 and 10⁰C. After that, the germination rate may start to go down.
OUR SEED GUARANTEE
You know that a lush, fruitful garden needs good soil, frequent watering, and sunlight to grow, but it’s the seeds that really make the harvest.
Picked and bagged for 2022, the vast majority of our seeds have germination rates of over 85%. The seeds are all-natural, non-GMO, non-hybrid, untreated, and open-pollinated for seed saving.
We have put a lot of thoughts into the design and packaging of our seed packets. Our seeds are all carefully packed in food grade kraft paper/aluminium zipper lock bags, and then are shipped in eco-friendly padded mailers.
We heat-seal each of our seed packet for even more protection from moisture, odour and light, allowing you to store your seeds for up to 3x longer than paper or plastic. Plant them all, germinate some indoors, save some for next season - it’s up to you!
I purchased quite a number of items from t...
I purchased quite a number of items from this shop this year (2022)! I couldn't stop coming back for more! First of all, the seeds are packaged in the most beautiful packaging I've ever seen for seeds. Secondly, you get A LOT of seeds for each item! Way more than any other seed shop I've purchased from this year. And third, everything I've planted has sprouted SO FAST! So far I've planted a tomato variety and a number of herbs including rosemary (which I was shocked to be successful with because it's hard to germinate!) I will absolutely purchase again next year. I love their mission statement to reduce waste and the fact that everything they sell is open pollinated!!!
Packaged very well.
Packaged very well.
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