Carrots are one of those funny crops that are frustrating to grow......but ohhhhh so satisfying to harvest. If you've never tasted a carrot right out of the soil you are missing out on an experience that everyone should have the pleasure and priveledge of tasting. Carrots from the grocery store taste only slightly better than cardboard in my opinion. The problem with growing carrots are two-fold....1. they take up to 28 days to germinate. During this time typically a crust forms on the soil and prevents the newly germinated seed from poking its head above the soil line to enjoy the sunshine. There are a couple of things that can be done to combat this (plant radish seed with your carrot seed...they will break through the crust. Others have suggested using a covering of landscape fabric or burlap to speed germination, but this is typically only to warm the soil and keep moisture in and we certainly don't need to warm the soil any further in LA) 2. Carrots are a cool weather crop.......some cool weather crops such as english peas actually benefit from some warmth when in the vegetative phase.....not carrots. They like the cool nights and only warm (not hot) days. If it is too hot, a very sparse stand of carrots will result.......
I cannot however, resist planting carrots whenever provided the opportunity simply from the anticipation of the sheer ecstasy of tasting that first carrot harvest straight out of the garden. I had my first one just last week from this falls plantings and it looks like we will have some to share......Share in the sweetness of fall.......there is nothing better!!!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )