Carrots are the first crop many people think of when it comes to vegetable gardening. There are few things more satisfying than pulling up a bright, crunchy orange carrot you've grown yourself.
All the vegetable seeds we sell are organic, and the variety of carrot we currently stock is Nantes 2 (Daucus carota subsp. sativus).
This blunt-tipped, bright orange variety is a reliable cropper, has a great crunch and a deliciously sweet flavour. It's equally good raw in summer salads, boiled as an accompaniment to new potatoes, or roasted!
How to grow carrots
Sow your carrot seeds outdoors April-July, once the risk of frost has passed. If you sow every three weeks, you can achieve a continuous crop throughout the season.
Choose a fertile, well-drained and sunny location, and clear any weeds. Dig over the soil thoroughly, breaking up lumps and raking flat.
Create shallow drills at least 30cm apart. Water the drills first, then sow your carrot seeds thinly and evenly along them. Cover with 1cm of soil.
Continue to water regularly. As your carrot seedlings grow, thin them out so they are at least 5cm apart.
Harvest your carrots 9-12 weeks after sowing.
Top tip: The main pest your carrots are likely to face is carrot fly. Onions, spring onions, mint and leeks are all thought to produce scents that deter carrot fly - so try planting some nearby to keep them at bay.
From plot to plate! Carrot recipes
Carrots are delicious raw, steamed, stir-fried, roasted or turned into soup. They're also an essential ingredient in many stews, and make a mouth-watering cake!
How to order
If you'd like to buy just one or two packets of our carrot seeds, please visit our online shop.
If you'd like to buy 50 or more packets, for larger scale gardening or grow-your-own ventures, we offer good bulk discounts. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can give you a custom quotation for your project.