Carrot, Danvers 126

“Danvers” is an excellent high-yield carrot that produces a dependably delicious taste.  The Danvers 126 Carrot is a bit longer and thinner than its more familiar cousin – the Chantenay carrot.  Plant Danvers Carrot seeds in spring for a bountiful summer harvest.

Carrot, Danvers 126 Plant Info

  • PLANT TYPE: Annual
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Daucus carota var.  sativus
  • LIGHT: Full Sun
  • SOIL TYPE: Medium rich, well-drained, deep sandy loam
  • pH RANGE: 6.5
  • MOISTURE/WATERING: Keep moist, not waterlogged
  • MATURITY IN DAYS: 65   – 85
  • KNOWN PESTS: Root maggots/Rust Flies
  • KNOWN DISEASES: Aster Yellows

OVERVIEW:

No garden should be without carrots.  Sow carrot seeds early in spring as soon as the ground is workable.  Carrot seeds need to be kept evenly moist as they are slow to germinate, sometimes taking several weeks.

Carrots have their best flavour when they are deeply colored and fully matured.  Harvesting doesn’t have to be done all at once, as carrots do very well when left in the ground.  Carrots are very high in vitamin A and good raw or cooked.

PROPAGATION / SOWING OF CARROTS:

Sow carrot seeds ¼-½“ deep.  Carrots seed takes 14-21 days to germinate.  Planting a few radish seeds helps to loosen the soil and mark the rows for slow emerging carrot seeds.  Thin carrot plants to at least 1” apart in rows spaced 18-24” apart.  Sow carrots as soon as ground can be worked.  Even moisture and soil temperature, 18-24°C (65-75°F) is essential for good carrot germination.

COMPANION PLANTING OF CARROTS:

Bean, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, chive, leaf lettuce, leek, onion, pea, pepper, radish, tomato.

CARE & GROWING OF CARROTS:

Carrots are best grown in full sun but will tolerate light shading.  Choose deeply-worked, stone free soil with a pH of 6.5.  Chantenay type carrots are suitable for shallow or heavy soils.  Raised beds or rows are recommended.  Carrots are light to moderate feeders.  Avoid using fresh animal and green manures at the time of planting.  Moisture is required for good carrot root formation.

HARVESTING OF CARROTS:

Carrots can be harvested throughout their growth cycle.  If you thin your carrots out in stages, you will enjoy an abundance of baby carrots that are great in salads.

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