Known as a rich source of vitamin A, carrots have been cultivated since ancient times for their sweet flavor, bright color and nutritional benefits.
Today, carrots can be easily grown in the backyard garden and have become a favorite kids' gardening project whether at home or in school.
The secret to carrot perfection is soil preparation that allows for a soft "landing pad" for carrots to grow straight down. A light, sandy soil -- with careful removal of any rocks or pebbles that may hinder growth - ensures an ideal place for a successful carrot crop.
Although "baby" carrot varieties such Short n' Sweet and Little Finger need only 3-4 inches of prepared soil, larger varieties such as Nantes or Danvers require soil beds prepared at least 9-10 inches in depth.
Carrot Growing - indepth guide to growing carrots - From the UK Museum of Carrots with extensive advice and tips on carrot varieties, sowing and planting for a continuous crop throughout the year plus suggested remedies for common pests & diseases. Click around the rest of the site for a virtual tour, more on carrot history & lore, kids' projects.
Watch Your Garden Grow - Carrots - List of recommended varieties with corresponding descriptions & characteristics, site preparation & planting advice, FAQ, tips on canning & freezing, related recipes.
Growing Great Carrots - Discussion on raised bed gardening as the secret to successful growth with tips & advice on seed germination, sowing, fertilizing, and recommended varieties.