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Posted 01/28/2021 in Agricuture by Wallace Mukoka

Instructions To Harvest And Store Carrots

Instructions To Harvest And Store Carrots

Harvest carrots when they build up their shading and the tops are 1 inch in measurement or more modest. Carrots can be lifted when they are a usable size. 

Carrots are prepared for gather 60 to 90 days subsequent to planting contingent on the assortment; they will proceed to develop and expand on the off chance that you leave them in the ground–yet they for the most part don't get more delicious and may get harsh


The most ideal approach to know when your carrot crop is prepared for harvest is to lift a couple of at regular intervals and taste them. Start your collect when roots are sweet.  Carrots planted for summer reap ought to be pulled oftentimes once they are sweet.

Carrots grown for fall and winter harvest can be left in the ground until you are ready to use them. (Once the weather grows cold, carrots will not continue to grow significantly.) But if you live where the ground freezes, you should harvest your crop soon after the first heavy frost unless you can protect them.

On the off chance that you have carrots in the ground when a warm spell or blistering climate shows up for the mid year, it is ideal to lift the entire yield; warmth can make carrots be unpleasant enhanced. Spot check and test your yield at regular intervals; reap if the warmth makes pleasantness die down.

The best season of day to lift carrots is in the late evening or early night when sugar in the roots is concentrated.


Harvest carrots by gently pulling or lifting them from the soil; if they don’t pull free easily, loosen the soil surrounding the roots with a hand fork. Jerking or tugging carrots can break the roots.

Wash the roots and remove the leafy tops before storing; leaving the greens attached will draw moisture and flavor from the roots. Damaged or bruised roots should be eaten soon after harvest; they will not keep well.

Step by step instructions to store carrots

Store carrots in a punctured plastic pack in the vegetable cabinet of the cooler. That will keep carrots cold and sodden. A fridge gives the cold, however will likewise have dry air. Setting carrots in a punctured plastic sack in the fridge establishes a cold and sodden climate.

Carrots can be put away for winter utilize a few different ways:

Store carrots in the ground during cool winter months unless a freeze is expected; if frost is predicted and the roots can’t be protected, dig them up and store them elsewhere. If carrots stay in the ground all winter, harvest them before new top growth starts in spring. Roots stored in the ground through winter should be eaten very soon after harvest; they will not keep well.

Store carrots in the ground where the soil freezes if the ground can be insulated from freezing cold. Keep the soil cool by putting a 10- to a 12-inch-thick layer of hay, leaves, or straw mulch over the rows; extend the mulch on both sides of each row by another 18 inches or more. This should protect roots even beneath two feet of snow. Dig roots through the winter as needed.

Store carrots in a garage during the winter; store roots in a bucket or wooden box filled with either sand, peat moss, or sawdust; pack the roots so that they are standing upright or vertical and insulated and covered and do not touch one another; some moist air must be able to circulate so don’t completely seal the container. Before storing the carrots, allow the skins to cure or dry a few days before storing them in the root cellar. Do not wash the carrots before storing; simply brush away any soil.

Carrots stored in cold moist conditions will keep for 4 to 6 months.

Carrots exposed to very cold temperatures will become bitter tasting. Carrots left in the ground too long will be touch, woody, and may crack.

Check roots during storage and remove those that begin to deteriorate

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