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RED CORED CHANTENAY CARROT (75 days) (HEIRLOOM)

Germ 6-14 days
Heirloom 1929
A short, fat carrot with a very attractive smooth orange skin. About 5 1/2” long, it rarely splits or forks, even in heavy soil. We like it’s hard, crunchy, dense texture and full-bodied flavor which is sweet and complex. An improvement on the original French import, this variety was introduced by Ferry Morse in 1930. 300 seeds

PLANTING:

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.

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