February 23, 2005
Growing Carrots in the Home Garden
Carrots are a nutritious, versatile vegetable. They are an excellent source of Vitamin A. Carrots are used in soups, stews, casseroles, salads, breads, and cakes. They are also a common item on relish trays.
Sow carrot seed at a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch, beginning in early April in central Iowa. For a continuous harvest, make additional plantings every 3 to 4 weeks. The last practical planting date for carrots is August 1.
A willow branch was recently submitted to the Plant Disease Clinic that had a dense cluster of twigs, a symptom referred to by plant pathologists as a "witches' broom".