International Carrot Day: How to grow carrots at home

International Carrot Day: How to grow carrots at home

Celebrate International Carrot Day by learning how to grow carrots in your garden.

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Carrots are healthy and have beta-carotene, a natural chemical that the body changes into vitamin A which helps with eye-sight. 

"A medium-size carrot has 25 calories, 6 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of fiber," states Webmd

Carrots also have potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, vitamin E, and vitamin K. 

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Growing your own carrots will mean cutting down on grocery spend, but the biggest benefit is that you will be getting your carrots fresh from the garden. 

Carrots are best grown during August to October and February to April.

The best soil for growing carrots is loose soil that is full of organic matter and well-decomposed compost. The loose soil helps the carrots to grow without any resistance. The pH should be between 6.2 and 6.8. 

Plants should be spaced 20cm apart in rows that are 40 to 50cm apart.

Carrots takes 100 to 120 days to grow. 

Check out a video of how to grow carrots below:

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