Red Carrots, or our Desi Carrots are red, long, thin, with a pointy end. Great for juicing as well as desserts like gajar halwa, this sweeter variety is also great for carrot preserves. This variety can be seen predominantly in the Indian market in December. Grow them organically and add them to your winter menu for a healthier diet.
You can sow carrot seeds in a container or on raised beds.
Pick a container of your choice( minimum depth of 12-14 inches ) with uniform drainage holes at the bottom.
Fill the container with selected growing medium.
Ideal growing medium for growing carrots is 2 part Garden Soil & 1 part any organic manure or 1 part garden soil, 1 part coco-peat & 1 part Vermicompost.
Before sowing the seeds, add a good quality organic manure in the ratio 2:1.
Use organic manure like the well rotten cow dung manure, farmyard manure, Compost or Vermicompost.
For sowing carrot seeds, make shallow holes (1 cm) with a distance of 1 x 1 feet throughout the surface of soil medium.
Sow 2 – 3 seeds per hole.
Push the seeds in with your finger and cover them completely with surrounding soil.
Water the sown seed bed immediately by a light shower with a watering can.
Your carrot seeds will start germinating within the first 6 days of sowing the seeds. Sometimes the seeds will germinate even sooner than 6 days.
At this point you will notice tiny seedlings begin to grow.
Baby seedlings will be visible in 10-15 days.
Keep only one seedling per hole. Cut off the smaller seedling.
Carrot plants require full sunlight (6-8 hours) in winter, so place your containers accordingly. Make sure your raised bed receives sufficient sunlight.
Water your container/raised bed every day. Use a watering can to ensure a light shower. Outdoors, you can use sprinklers to water your carrot plant.
Look for the early signs fungal infection/ insect infestation. If you notice any symptoms, spray appropriate medicines immediately.
Avoid adding nitrogen fertilizers in the later stages of plant growth for better root formation.
About 100 – 120 days after sowing seeds, your carrots will be ready for harvest.
Harvest your carrots by uprooting. You need to uproot them from the soil along with the whole plant.
To grow carrot microgreens, use a flat container. Sow-scatter the seeds in a crowded manner. You can harvest it in 10-15 days by uprooting the baby plants.
What you get
This root vegetable is a widely loved health food because of its nutritional make up and all the health benefits that it has to offer. Carrots are made up of almost 85 – 95% water and have very little fats and protein. Carrots are primarily made up of carbohydrates and water. Carrots have a very low Glycaemic Index ( GI or Glycaemic Index is a measure of how fast a certain food can raise your blood sugar level. ) Having a low GI, Carrot is an excellent vegetable to be consumed by a diabetic person. Carrots are also rich in both soluble ( pectin) and insoluble fibres. They are a good source of Vitamin A, Biotin, Vitamin B6, Potassium and a lot of antioxidants.