Carrots are another great cool season vegetable with a long growing season in Phoenix. Carrots belong to the Apiaceae family. They are root vegetables, meaning the edible part of the plant is the carrot. Most people think of the color orange when they think of carrots, however carrots come in so many pretty colors.
Carrots can thrive in your Phoenix garden. By following five basic steps timing, conditions, companionship, possible problems, and harvesting; you can have tasty vegetables, herbs, and fruits in your Phoenix garden.
Phoenix Gardening Steps
- Step One – Is lettuce a cool or warm season vegetable? This determines the best time of year to plant.
- Step Two: What does lettuce need to grow? Like all plants, lettuce needs three basic things to survive: ideal soil conditions and the right amount of water & light
- Step Three: What grows well near lettuce and what doesn’t?
- Step Four: Does your lettuce look unhealthy? What could this mean?
- Step Five: Harvesting lettuce- When is the ideal time to pick lettuce?
The Best Time to Plant Carrots in Phoenix
We love these cool season vegetables. Seedlings start emerging in a couple weeks making these a great veggie for kids to grow. In Phoenix this means you can start planting carrots in August and continue through April. On average carrots take 60-100 days to harvest.
Carrots are a cool season vegetable. In gardening timing is everything. Seeds can be planted from the end of August through the beginning of January. If starting by seeds plant seeds outdoors in September. Frost is most likely to occur between December through February, so remember to protect any tender plants from the frost.
Carrots have taproots and grow best through direct sow. Sow carrot seeds in rows about a foot apart. A half inch planting depth for carrots is ideal.
What do Carrots Need to Grow?
Choose a spot in your yard where your carrots can flourish. Take into consideration the light, soil, and water requirements.
Light Requirements: Carrots needs full sun or about 6 hours of sun a day.
Soil Requirements: Carrots like slightly acidic to neutral pH. The soil pH range of 5.8 to 6.8 is ideal.
Water Requirements: Carrots likes consistent moisture.
Companion Plants for Carrots- What Grows Well Near Carrots & What Doesn’t?
As part of the Apiaceae family carrots grow well with tomatoes, lettuce, chives, radishes and rosemary.
Carrots, however, do not like to be near dill.
When to Harvest Carrots in Phoenix
Carrots takes 60-100 days from the day of planting until harvest day.
At maturity carrot tops are 8-10 inches in height.