The carrot is a plant of the Apiaceae family cultivated mainly for its root. Many varieties give this vegetable different sizes, shapes and colours, the most common being the traditional orange carrot. Raw, it can be eaten as is, in sticks, grated or in juice. Cooked, it is used in the preparation of many dishes such as the famous boeuf bourguignon. Growing carrots is not particularly difficult for those who want to diversify their vegetable garden.
Two periods are to be preferred for a culture in full ground, in a garden. Sow in spring for a summer harvest or plant in June for an autumn harvest and winter storage. Depending on the chosen calendar, it will be necessary to choose the adapted variety of carrot. Prefer a soil rich in organic matter, light and loose, enriched with manure or coffee grounds. Carrots like sun and space, so do not hesitate to space the rows.
Seeds should be sown every 3 cm. The following month, compensate for the lack of rain by regular watering. When the plants have four or five leaves, thin them out and keep only the best ones, spacing them about 10 cm apart. Continue the watering, butter and hoe the soil regularly and weed systematically. Early carrots are harvested two to three months after sowing. Count five to six months for the carrots of conservation.