Single Packet of 800 Seeds
Grow Paris Market Carrots from fresh Daucus carota seeds. Paris Market is a 19th century, French heirloom that produces small round roots. These Carrots grow to a mature size of 2 inches in diameter. The taste is sweet and unlike traditional Carrots, Paris Market grows well in shallow soils and even rockier soils as well. It can be harvested in roughly 60 to 70 days after plants are established.
Carrots, believe it or not, weren't always orange. Some of the most popular picks and more common picks in earlier days came in an array of colors such as Red (Atomic Carrot), Purple (Cosmic Carrot), Yellow (Solar Carrot) & White (Lunar Carrot). But as time carried on, orange became the more popular pick.
Carrots aren't just tasty, they have a number of health benefits to offer you as well. They are rich in Vitamin A, and offer 210% of your daily recommended serving. Also providing 2% of Calcium, 2% of Iron and 6% of Vitamin C, Carrots have plenty to offer you with their tasty roots. But it doesn't stop there, they are known to provide a healthy serving of fiber, vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc as well. Carrots are known to prevent various cancers such as, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, leukemia, prostate cancer, and are also well known in improving your vision.
Carrots are best stored in a cold fridge, in ziplock bags, or other ziplock containers. It is best to remove all leafy greens prior to storing as this will prevent the greens from drawing out moisture and nutrients from the roots. Carrots should be peeled and rinsed before consuming. Add them to salads, in a pot roast and other tasty dishes and enjoy their delicious flavor.
Sowing The Seed
Carrots are best established directly outdoors in a loose, rock free soil. It may be best to turn your dirt, replace the dirt with a mixture of fresh compost and soil, and/or create a raised bed. These vegetables enjoy cooler temperatures and are often sown 2 to 3 weeks prior to the last frost, or while temperatures are still cool. Sow the seeds at a depth of 1/4" to 1/2" under topsoil.
Place your Carrots in an area that will receive full sunlight with temperatures staying beneath 85F. Again make sure that the soil is loose and free of rocks. For areas consisting of hard, compacted soil, it is best to add in a fresh compost. The trick to germinating carrots successfully is to keep the topsoil moist until germination has occurred. Water regularly thereafter, but also avoid overwatering as this can definitely cause cracking or splitting in your roots.
Germination & Growth
Your Pumpkin seeds will begin to sprout open in roughly 7 to 14 days after sowing. The plants will grow to a mature height of 1 to 2 feet tall and 10 to 25 feet long. These plants will need a large area to grow outwards and can be spaced by hills or mounds of dirt, rather than rows. As explained above mounds should be 18 to 24 inches wide and at least 8 inches tall. Space each mound at least 6 to 8 feet apart from one another. When sprouts become visible, direct the vines outwards towards areas that do not contain other plant life.
When your vines start to establish pumpkins, be sure to place straw under the fruits to prevent them from touching the bare ground beneath, as this can cause rotting. Your Pumpkins will be ready for harvest within 90 to 110 days after first sprouts appear. Cut the stems at least 2 to 3 inches from the actual fruits, otherwise the fruits will rot.