- The main sowing period is March through to June, though I have sown in July too with good results
- Don’t sow in soil that has been freshly manured or your carrots will fork
- If sowing in early spring, warm the ground up a little by covering it with black polythene for a few weeks prior to sowing
- Rake the ground and take out as many stones as you can – you don’t want your seedlings fighting to get through
- Create a drill about 1.5cm (½in) deep. You can make it a little deeper if you wish and add a thin layer of compost as an inner bed for the seeds to lie in
- Sow thinly and then cover with soil, or you can cover with a layer of multi-purpose compost
- Water in. If you’re starting in early spring season cover with a cloche or even with a layer of clear polythene (you can remove the latter once the seedlings start to emerge)
- For stony or clay soils, go for a round variety such as ‘Paris Market’ – quite chunky if you let them grow to full maturity
And here’s Steve demonstrating how to sow carrots in pots:
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