CARROTS

CARROTS are a great thing to grow here at our cool high elevation, especially in our deep raised beds with rock-free, rich garden soil. Need I say more? A few varieties have been grown here. At this time my favorites, which produce the best carrots for storage and eating fresh are Napoli F1 and Mokum F1. I’ve tried a few different colored carrots: of these the only good producer was Purplesnax.

Although many of my veggies are started indoors in soil blocks, carrots are not: they are direct-seeded in the ground around the end of May. The actual days-to-harvest are not listed here because although some carrots can be harvested and eaten earlier, I leave most carrots in the ground well after first frost and harvest them sometime in October before the ground freezes. I have not recorded the dates they were first harvested and eaten (usually while standing in the garden watering or weeding).  

2020: Once again I grew Napoli, Mokum & Purplesnax, because they did so well in 2019. This year, the pack rats got to all my carrots in late August, gnawing off the tops and leaving the tops laying in a mess. The carrot tops did grow back some, but all carrots harvested were much smaller than they’d been in 2019.

GREENHOUSE?
A few carrots have been grown experimentally in the greenhouse, but took a long time for them to grow and they did not get large. In my opinion, it was not worth the space given them to try the greenhouse again.

CARROTS GROWN
Napoli F1 || 55 Days
Mokum F1 || 48 Days
Purplesnax || 75 Days
Yaya || 58 Days
Kuroda Long || 65-70 Days
Red Samurai || 75 Days
Solar Yellow || 60 Days