Carrots are easy to grow as long as they are planted in loose, sandy soil during the cooler periods of the growing season—spring and fall (carrots can tolerate frost). Depending on the variety and local growing conditions, carrots may take anywhere from 2 to 4 months to mature.
Proper soil preparation is extremely important for carrot growing! If the carrot roots are obstructed, it could lead to stunted and misshapen crops.
- Till down 12 inches and make sure there are no rocks, stones, or even soil clumps that could impede your carrots’ growth.
- Avoid amending the soil with nitrogen-rich material such as manure and fertilizer because this could cause carrots to fork and grow little side roots. Carefully, mix in old coffee grounds instead.
- Consider planting carrots in a raised bed at least 12 inches deep and filled with airy, loamy soil (not clay nor silt) if your ground soil is heavy clay or too rocky.
- Sow seeds outdoors 3 to 5 weeks before the last spring frost date.
- Also, sow seeds in mid- to late summer approximately 10 weeks before your area's fall frost.