Carrot – Nantes
Season – spring to autumn; Sow direct between 3-6mm deep; Plant spacing at 5-8cm and 20-30cm between rows; Germination period approx. 3 weeks; Soil temperatures between 8˚C and 30˚C; Harvest time approx. 12-18 weeks.
A dependable heirloom variety particularly suitable to cold and temperate climates. Carrot seed is very small and easier to sow when mixed with sand. Seeds need constant moisture to germinate. In hotter areas, water newly sowed seeds and cover with boards to maintain moisture and cooler soil temperatures. Check weekly for new shoots. Beware, after germination early seedlings look like grass. Carrots need deep, well-watered soil, high in organic matter. Heavy clay or stony soil can create forked and twisted carrots. Nantes carrots have week green leaf structure and can be difficult to pull up.
Good companion plants – onions, leeks, peas and celery
Seed quantity - 250