Germ 6-14 days
FRENCH CARROT / Heirloom
Also known as Paris Market, or Tonda di Parigi – literally “round of Paris”. Carrots have a bright orange color and a distinctive, nearly round shape, roughly the size of a ping-pong ball. Flavor is mild and pleasant. Will do very well in rocky soils where others are misshapen. 300 seeds
Outdoors- Early spring, a few weeks before last frost until mid summer. Sow lightly, 1/4” deep, with soil temperature 50-80 degrees. The cooler the soil the longer it takes for germination, up to 3 weeks. The soil moisture should be maintained regularly until germination. Thin to 1-3” apart.
Harvest– Start when carrots reach finger size for baby carrots or when they turn to a bright orange. Late season carrots hold longer and become sweeter in the cooler weather.
Tips- Use a row cover helps to maintain moisture for germination. Carrots prefer a loose soil, free of rubble. If your soil is heavy with clay, use the shorter varieties. Keep well weeded and cover any exposed carrot with soil to prevent greening.