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Successional Sowings of Carrots

Is it possible to sow several rows of carrots at regular intervals ...say every 14 I dont have to eat twelve a day or give them away !!

They are Chantenay Red Cored

When I planted Earlies and 2nd Earlies and then some Main potatoes to me they all seemed to be ready at roughly the sametime.

I have looked at Youtube.

Apologies if this has been covered before.

Once I know this I will know everything !!
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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    Yes you can NB2.  That quick-growing variety takes under 3 months to mature (less if you like them small) and the later sowings will stand in the ground until around Christmas, so you can work backwards to find a last date to sow them.  You can start successionally sowing once a fortnight anytime from now depending on your local weather but germination rates will be poor until the soil warms up so I usually wait until some time in April (entirely down to the weather.)  It's tricky to know how many to sow at any one time though, and only you can guess at that.  I grow 2 types of carrot - successional sowings of quick maturing types like yours for pulling young and a single sowing of 'autumn' types which grow large and can be left in the ground until needed (pulled the last of my 'Kingston' 3 weeks ago), but those do take at least 4 months before any kind of harvesting can begin.
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  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,813

    Thank you as that is new information for me to think about.

    I did not ask the question properly.Apologies.

    If I only have one type of carrots..." Bobs Best " ....and I sow 25% now and then another 25% two weeks later until I have 4 sowings will they all take the same time to grow or will the first lot wait until a certain time in the Summer to then all be ready at the same time

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  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 4,706
    I grew carrots for the first time last year. Mine are Speedo variety.
    Planted small plants grown from seed outside mid April , one row 4foot long and sowed another direct at that time, first pick beginning of July finished September.
    I'm just about to sow some inside, like last year, it was very much a learning curve and didn't plant too many but they grew quite well, and just sat and waited to be picked.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    @NewBoy2 Each of your sowings will take roughly 80 days to grow into full sized carrots, so they won't all be ready at once.  The first 25% will be ready in about 11 weeks but the last won't be ready until 8 weeks after that.
    Unusual weather patterns can always change the rate things grow of course, but all we can do is try and by successionally sowing your seeds, you are giving yourself the best possible chance of lengthening the harvesting period.
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  • In my experience the times to maturity are very variable so slightly later sowings may mature at the same time but if you keep sowing every few weeks you will get a spread fpr harvesting.
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