Soil Preference

Soil PH: 6.0-7.5, Ideal 6.5-7.0

This is a crop where the soil can make a big difference. The ideal soil for growing carrots is a well aerated, sandy loam, free of stones, well drained, rich in humus and fairly neutral (they don't like acid soil). The most critical factor is porosity; a loose soil can increase the size of the roots by as much as 100%. They don't like heavy clay or compacted soils of any kind.

A seedbed for Carrots should have a fairly fine tilth and no large stones or other debris.

Soil Preparation

Standard Mix, 5 pound(s) per 100 sq. ft., in top 10in of soil, 1 time

A standard mix will supply any additional nutrients required and should be incorporated into the soil along with the compost.

Compost (N), 2 inch(es), in top 10in of soil, 1 time

Carrots like a light soil, so the main task is to loosen it to a depth of 10˝ (minimum) and incorporate organic matter (compost or aged manure). Remove any large stones (these may cause forking) and other debris.

If your soil is particularly heavy or compacted, the best solution is to double dig, incorporating lots of organic matter and then making raised beds. If this is too much work you could grow your carrots in narrow trenches filled with a special soil mix. If even this is too much, you could use a short stubby carrot variety.

A simple way to ensure a loose soil for Carrots is to precede them with Potatoes. The soil will have been heavily amended and deeply dug and any organic matter will have aged nicely. They can also follow Brassicas, or any other crop that was heavily manured.

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