You may be wondering why on earth someone would plant carrots on a hill, to begin with?
If you have light and or sandy soil you may not experience this otherwise if your soil is anything but light you may experience the following:
- Impossible to pull out
- Forked root
- Cracked root
All of these issues can be caused from planting directly in hard soil. The roots may grow straight, but at some point, they hit a hard pan and cannot send their roots deeper so they fork taking the path of least resistance.
Also when planted this way it can be near impossible to retrieve these tasty roots from the stubborn soil – leading to extra digging and broken roots.
The majority of professional carrot growers – once again depending on their soil will plant in little mounds to allow for uniform growing.
These professional growers are onto something and understand the following benefits.
Benefits for growing in mounds:
Ease of harvest
Harvesting in mounds is far easier than taking a shovel or pitchfork and trying to pry them out. Instead break away the side of the mound to reveal the roots.
Or if you planted thick and want to take some smaller carrots out to make room just use our top secret way of extracting carrots here at Pure Line.
It’s pretty exciting…
You may want to write this down,
Grab hold of the leaves just above the top of the carrot root and push straight down. Doing so creates a larger hole around the root and then pull up and out! That simple!
Not to mention, planting in mounds allows for less bending over and sometimes you can even sit on the mound directly behind you.
Carrot roots are able to grow nice and straight because of the worked up soil.
Moisture control comes In a number of ways. One, water is retained in these mounds because depending on what direction they are facing the sun hits one side allowing for shade on the other side of the mound.
Also, water is drained to the channels next to the mound allowing for water storage. Meaning that these roots won’t be over saturated with water which only leads to diseases and affecting the overall growth of the carrot.
The How to’s of Mounding Carrots.
- Determine how many carrots and space
Understand how much space you have to work with and the number of carrots you would like to plant.
There are a variety of ways to place your rows, be creative and think of ways that will best utilize garden space.
2. Prepare the soil
Either with a shovel, pitchfork or handheld tiller begin to break up the area you would like to plant.
After the soil is worked up you can add some sort of fertilizers if needed. But carrots are not too picky and do not require any fancy soil.
There is no science to this. But typically the wider the better, and deep enough for the root to grow without hitting the hard soil that is below the mound.
Make sure the top of the mount Is rather broad and flat. If you make your mound more like a sharp-peaked mountain hard rains will wash away the top of the mound and all of your carrot seed will end up in your trenches.
Follow your seed packet for recommended seed depth. We recommend planting thick and then thinning your carrots later as they begin to grow.
Remember, carrots are rather easy to grow. And implementing these easy steps will save time and produce healthier roots in the long-run!These are easy steps to implement and add dimension to your garden. There is a reason professional growers plant this way, any you can easily do the same which will save time later on.
There is a reason professional growers plant this way, any you can easily do the same which will save time later on.
Have you ever used the mounding technique for other vegetables or carrots? Were you pleased?