How to Grow Carrot

Hajji Sotya on behalf of CELAC Kayunga district farmers’ network

A carrot is under the green vegetable category rich in Vitamins.

Benefits of growing carrots:

It can serve as a green vegetable

It can serve as food

It can serve as medicine when eaten raw

It is a source of income

    It grows well in loam soil. Choose a site with full sun and deep, loose, moisture retaining and rock free soil. The soil should enough contain organic matter. Rich sandy peaty soils are ideal in providing the best conditions for root penetration and enlargement. Carrots do not tolerate deep planting in a dry bed, Carrots need to be rotated with other crops to avoid the build up of diseases. It is recommended that you grow them in a different bed each year over at least a three year cycle.

    Planting: For better results, plant direct in a well prepared garden. After preparing the garden space seeds 1/2 inch apart, 1/2 inch deep, in rows. Thin to 3 inch spacing when seedlings are 3 inches high. Cover with about 0.5cm of soil. Seeds must be kept moist to germinate. Mulching with straw will help hold the moisture, and will also make it easier to water without disturbing the seeds. Wood ashes contain soluble potassium which reaches the plant quickly hence it should be applied to the garden before planting since carrots need this nutrient.

    Major pests of carrots include, carrot rust fly larvae which tunnel into roots and leave red holes behind, maggots. These can be avoided by rotating crops to different spots each year.

    Exposed roots can turn green and bitter. Cover them with mulch..

    Cracked roots can develop when dry conditions are followed by heavy rain. To avoid this, keep it consistently moist by applying mulch and water.

    Maturing period: Most types mature 60-90 days depending on soil fertility. Record keeping is very important on maturity period.

    Harvesting: Best method of harvest is to uproot the plant so as it is not damaged. If it is dry season, you are advised to water it in the evening then uproot in the morning Storage: as it is a perishable food, it should be stored in a cool dry place

    One response to this post.

    1. Posted by Nasana Twaha on November 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks to what you have provided to us the
      readers. It is of avery good value to me especially.,
      but I would like to get me the phone No. of Hajji
      Sotya, Muky. Mary Nakirya and Mrs Mpungu Elizabeth.
      I am residing in Entebbe.


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