How to Thin Carrots
Good News: It doesn't take a green thumb to grow carrots! A little sun, soil, and water and these root veggies are on their way. To ensure that your carrots' needs are met, it's a good idea to remove excess carrot seedlings throughout the growing season. Here are some tips to get your sweet crop to it's fullest potential.
- When planting carrots, it is important to keep the soil consistently moist until the seeds germinate. If seeds come into contact with moisture and then dry out, your crop will not be successful!
- Carrots don't like to be transplanted! Always plant more carrot seeds than you need to ensure enough germinate. You can always "thin" them later, and we'll show you how here. Pro-tip: All Seedsheets have extra seeds in each pouch so as long as the soil stays evenly moist, you'll have optimal sprouts!
Now that your rows are planted and seeds have germinated, let's adjust the spacing by thinning, or picking out extra sprouts to give carrots more room to grow.
- A good time to start thinning is when plants reach 4" tall.
- First, water the row you are about to thin to avoid stressing the remaining roots.
- Next, pull out the smallest and most crowded sprouts.
- Pro-tip: We recommend thinning twice: first, just the most crowded sprouts, thinning to 2-3 plants per pod in your Seedsheet.
- Thin again 3-4 weeks later to one plant-per-pod. The extras from this second thinning will be large enough for snacks (your very own baby carrots).
- Now, the rest of the carrot crop will have enough space to continue growing and produce larger roots.