Oh, the carrot… good ol’ caucus carrot subsp. sativus… its scientific name… one I’ve personally never come across before, but… still… it seemed interesting to learn.
The carrot is a root vegetable, as most of us know… typically orange, but may be a variety of colors (mainly 5 options there). We domesticated carrots from the wild European- Asian crop for our dietary desires.
The first drawing of a carrot, beloved as ever, can be found online… it is from a first-century pharmacopeia in Greece.
We have relied on the dependable, delectable, adorable carrot for so many centuries, apparently. Its nutrient-dense life-giving substance yields us with energy to face our days, and delight to fill our mouths, no matter how you prepare it. Raw or cooked, it feeds and nurtures the body, mind, and spirit. If you’re looking to start your own family of carrots, I support you 100%.
1. Prepare a Spot:
It really is not hard to grow carrots in a variety of environments. They grow well in pots, raised beds, and also directly in the ground. Make sure you choose a spot that gets full sun, though.
This will ensure healthy happy carrots to grow, with less frustration with failing seeds. Stone free soil preferred as the stones will cause carrot roots to split and spiral. Using compost infused, moderately loose, tilled soil is ideal. It makes it a bit easier for the roots to grow straight down into the rich earth and supplies them with good nutrients to grow fast and to optimal size.
If you manured the area recently, however, it tends to cause the roots to fork, which typically is less favored. This last one is likely less of an issue for people in the city.