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Celebrate National Carrot Day

Break out your favorite vegetable dip and grab a handful or two of carrots and celebrate National Carrot Day on January 3rd.  And add these tasty and nutritional vegetables to your garden plan this season.

Grow carrots in well-drained soil.  Those with heavy soils should add organic matter or consider raised beds or container gardens. Use shorter varieties if your homegrown carrots have been deformed in the past.

Sprinkle carrots seeds on the soil surface, lightly cover with soil and gently water. 

Consider using pelleted seeds or seed tapes to make planting these fine seeds much easier.  Or mix with radish seeds.  The radishes will be ready to harvest first, leaving space for carrots to reach full size.

And make it a bit more fun by growing purple or yellow carrots or short round ones the size and shape of radishes.

A bit more information: Extend your carrot harvest by making several plantings three weeks apart.  Most varieties are ready in 60 to 70 days. So time your plantings to fit within your growing season.

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