Daucus carota. Carrots are originally from central Asia and they come in so many colors besides orange—purple and red types are actually the original ones! The tiny seed must be sown very shallow; to avoid drying out, especially when sown in hot weather, shade the seed bed or row with boards, paper, or something to exclude the hot sun and hold in moisture. Long-rooted types need a deep, mellow soil; in heavier soils, grow half-long or round types. Most of our varieties of heirloom carrots mature around 65-70 days from sowing. Early sowings can be made 2-3 weeks before spring’s last frost date. The tiny carrot seeds should be surface-sown and not covered, or covered only minimally, and kept uniformly moist until seedlings are strong. May be sown throughout spring and summer at 2-3 week intervals, until about a month before first frost in autumn. Deep, mellow, well-worked soil suits long types; half-longs and round types are better bets in heavier soils. Do try growing carrots—they are easy and rewarding!
Broad-shouldered variety with sweet, old fashioned carrot flavor. Wide shoulders, a tapered root and a blunt, rounded tip; thrives in heavy soils. Fine-grained texture and a characteristic red core. A great variety for soups, freezing, canning and storage. Introduced in France in the late 1800s and quickly became the processing industry standard. Processing and storage · 6" Chantenay-type (Daucus carota). Maturity 65 Days.
Danvers carrots are very sweet and tender. They have that wonderful "garden fresh" taste. Approximately 7 inches long. Planted about every 2 weeks for a constant supply. Heirloom since the 1870's. Traits of Danvers include its blunt-ended 6-8" roots, smooth texture and fine grained flesh. Ideal for canning and freezing.
Garden Tip: Carrots that have been planted in the summer can be left in the ground until the first frost. Cover with a thick layer of mulch, lik..
Vibrant purple skin with bright orange flesh and unusual yellow core.
Adored by carrot aficionados for its yellow core and spicy-yet-sweet flavor! Roots are full-sized at 7" long, thrive in heavy soils and are very hardy. Improved from a USDA specimen by Dr. John Navazio, with lycopene content equal to tomatoes! Specialty appeal. 7" Danvers-type
A classic with fine texture and old-time carrot flavor. Bright red-orange flesh with fine grain and almost no core. Very cylindrical roots with blunt tips and smaller tops for bunching or storage. Not as refined as modern hybrids but a great choice for the garden. Storage · 6-8" Nantes-type (Daucus carota). Maturity 65 Days.