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Thinning Carrots | From the Ground Up

Here we can see we’ve got a great stand
of carrots, but it’s all tops. What we’re interested in is obviously the
bottom root portion of this plant. The most common way to plant these is by broadcasting
the seeds out into the garden space, but then we end up with a situation like this. A common problem with carrots might be that
one carrot has three or four different taproots. This can be an issue caused by planting them
too densely. It’s always tough to know exactly how far
apart those carrots should be, depending on the growing site, the soil, the amount of
moisture they’re getting. What we need to do to avoid this situation
is go through during early summer, first part of the growing season, and actually physically
remove some of those carrot seedlings. If things really aren’t taking off, then
you might need to go through and thin a little bit more. Some people might mix other seeds within those
carrot seeds. So, in this instance, we can see where the
homeowner has planted some radishes at some point. That helps kind of break up how many seeds
are actually planted. Other people might buy seeds that are planted
on tapes. Basically, the seeds are on a piece of tape. Then you can plant those in a row. For more questions regarding vegetables in
your back yard, contact your local extension office. From the University of Wyoming Extension,
I’m Brian Sebade, and you’re watching “From the Ground Up.”

Randall Smitham