Video: How to grow carrots

Here’s another in my library of ‘how to’ videos. This one’s about growing carrots – something lots of folks find challenging. I know I do; it’s a battle every year.

This is just what I do, but I know there are loads of other routes to success. Do chip in with any tips you’ve got to help people grow better carrots.

How to grow carrots from Soilman on Vimeo.

16 Responses to “Video: How to grow carrots”

  1. Tanya Walton Says:

    Hi Soilman..thanks for the tips on carrot growing..I was just wondering where you purchased your enviromesh and how much it cost…I have some netting but it isn’t as fine as the enviromesh..thanks

  2. Soilman Says:

    It isn’t cheap, I’m afraid Tanya. Quite a few mail order places sell it. Try this:

    http://www.organiccatalogue.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=1786

  3. Mal's Allotment Says:

    Bonzer vid SM. I pretty much gave up on carrots because using agri fleece meant I never got around to weeding them: ‘out of sight out of mind’. I see enviromesh allows for more visibility at least.

    p.s. 17 lbs of ‘Victories’ from my row of eight plants. Not the highest of yields but good sized tubors!

  4. Soilman Says:

    That’s a hell of a good yield, Mal… I’m gutted!

  5. Tom A Says:

    Love the videos – brilliant. How do you manage not to swear in them though?!

  6. Soilman Says:

    Thanks for kind words, Tom. ‘Fraid I have slipped up once or twice, but I try extra hard to be ‘respectable’ because the videos tend to develop a life of their own outside this blog. On here I figure the audience understands the ‘X’ rating… but perhaps not elsewhere!

  7. roasted garlicious Says:

    great video!! i like the idea of the enviromesh.. i use reemay a lot, serves the same purpose i guess… but alas, carrots are my true downfall, i admire anyone that can grow them!! if i keep persevering i shall get lucky one day!!

  8. allot of veg Says:

    OK I’m inspired 2010 will be the year of the carrot. I will try again. I will buy enviromesh. I will blame soilman if I can’t grow carrots again…

  9. Soilman Says:

    Good policy, Allot of veg. I’m always keenly scanning the horizon for vegetable scapegoats.

  10. Thomas Says:

    Great video! My winter carrot seedlings are about 3 inches high now…Based on your video, I guess I need to thin them as soon as possible! This is my first time growing carrots and I know you need to thin in order to get them to size up but it just feels like such a waste. Have you ever considered thinning later at the baby carrot stage so that you can at least eat them? Or does this just slow down overall growth?

  11. Soilman Says:

    If they’re so close they’re impinging on each other, Thomas, you should thin them asap… it stops them growing!

  12. free Says:

    Your cloth idea is a goodie – I might try something similar.
    Bugger thinning them though!! I plant them using a row like yours, and then put a line of toilet paper in it. Yep, trusty loo paper. Then I drop the seeds in – and can still see where they are 🙂 So I can spread those seeds out to exactly where I want them. No seed is wasted, no poor baby carrot has its life ripped away from it… ohhh the poor babies!
    The loo paper rots away pretty quickly. In the meantime, maybe it even helps to keep the seeds moist?
    I can’t stand thinning seeds. It’s not the monotony of the job, it’s the waste. I feel pain when I pull them. “This could have been a really tasty vegetable, oh woe is me…”

  13. Soilman Says:

    The bog roll’s a stunning idea, free. Love it. I hate thinning, so anything that reduces/eliminates it is good by me…

  14. Lucy @ Smallest Smallholding Says:

    Good job sir!

  15. bloggorazzi Says:

    Those thinnings don’t have to be wasted. They’re super-trendy micro salad, they keep well and taste really good. I thinned a load of turnips a while ago and they were good for a week in salads and sandwiches. Almost all thinnings seem to worth munching.

  16. Rachel Says:

    This year was the first time we managed to get decent carrots! Our soil is light, but has quite a few stones. We put in a few 18 inch raised beds and filled with sieved soil. Covered with fleece the carrots were really good.