Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Carrots can be a bit of a challenge!
Carrots are a root vegetable usually orange in color though purple, red, yellow and white varieties do exist. The most commonly eaten part of the carrot is the tap-root, however the green tops are also edible.
Carrots are enjoyed raw as well as cooked. They are included in soups, stews and baby food. Together with onions and celery, carrots are one of the primary vegetables used in mirepoix to make various broths.
Carrots grow best in full sun but will tolerate some shade. According to experienced gardeners carrots grow best in loose soil. Hard compact rocky soil will result in deformed carrots. Guess what? Our raised beds are definitely not deep enough…Gardener note*Raise the carrot beds another 2′.
Also carrots are reported to be useful companion plants for gardeners. There is experimental evidence, which I obviously have no first hand knowledge of, that growing carrots intercropped with tomatoes will increase the production of the tomatoes. This is something to consider giving a try, especially since my favorite fruit/veg is the wonderfully delicious tomato.
Suncreek Garden Chronicles…will continue to experiment with growing carrots…by the way the carrot may not have been much to look at but it was tasty.
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