The Land Rover Owners Wife

Carrot, Early Nantes (direct sown)


This is a record of how long this particular set of seeds took to germinate and how they looked at various stages from first appearance to the development of the first set of true leaves and beyond. I hope this will prove useful.

 Variety: Early Nantes
Direct Sown: 12th April 2013
First Seedling: 28th April 2013
Germination: 16 days

The Early Nantes which were sown inside, in seed trays, didn’t do very well, unlike the Giant Red and so this post is being rewritten to cover the direct sown seeds.

Nearly 1 week since first emerging

Nearly 1 week since first emerging

At 4.5 weeks old, the seedlings stand between 1 to 2 inches tall. Unfortunately, look closely and you’ll see a squatter posing for a picture as well!

Carrot Early Nantes

At 7 weeks old these carrots are doing very well and the tallest of them are around 4 to 5 inches tall. I have had to thin these out quite a lot and had no gaps to fill with fresh seeds.

Carrot Early Nantes

Now 2.5 months old, there are nice finger sized carrots under the ground which we have been able to pick and use.

Carrot Early nantes   Carrot Early nantes

2 thoughts on “Carrot, Early Nantes (direct sown)

  1. Hi There. I once sowed carrots in an old length of guttering and then when the time came I dug a trench and slid them all out and was proud of myself for not disturbing the roots. The only problem was the roots had hit the bottom of the spouting and so all my carrots grew ‘L’ shaped! Lesson learnt! The spouting works well for other things – like peas.
    Cheers Sarah : o )

  2. I did wonder about that when I sowed them but decided to have a go anyway. With weather forecasters initially forecasting freezing cold and snowy conditions for the best part of April, I couldn’t risk sowing outside. As it happens, although we’ve had some very cold, sub-zero temperatures overnight, recent day temperatures have been 8 degrees and above (reached 14 degrees on Saturday) and so I could have sown them outside. I’ll be direct sowing over the weekend, if the weather keeps warm. It’ll be interesting to see the difference come harvest time 🙂

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