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Carrot, Little Finger

   Carrot, Little Finger

Heirloom. Organic. Little Finger carrots are a smaller version of traditional carrots and are a sweet and juicy addition to your backyard garden. Little Finger carrots don't take as much room in your vegetable garden and grow well alongside many other varieties of produce. From sowing to harvest, this popular variety of baby carrot grows quickly with a minimal amount of work on your part. A classic culinary favorite! The aptly named Little Finger carrot is a sweet and tender favorite that packs a delicious taste whether eaten raw, canned, or pickled. Plant Little Finger carrot seeds in sun or partial shade in the spring through summer.  Little Fingers are quick, hardy root crops and grow in a wide range of sizes and colors. Little Finger carrots grow compact 4-inch vegetables for closer plantings. These tender carrots present sweet, juicy flesh and harvest quickly with the right planting. Give Little Finger carrots loose, nutritious soil and plant in early spring or late summer for best success.  I add sand to my soil to improve the growth of carrots and radishes.  I also grow multiple crops of carrots to have fresh carrots all season long.

Planting Little Finger Carrots While starting seeds of the Little Finger Carrots is not necessarily difficult, the right conditions will make the process successful.  Most gardeners sow Little Finger Carrots Seeds directly in the ground in the spring when the threat of frost has passed. Keep the ground moist but not wet for the first couple of weeks. Pick a sunny, well-drained spot for planting for the best performance. Prefers a well-drained fertile soil in a sunny position.  Heirloom / Open Pollinated Little Finger Carrots are cool weather loving plants that prefer well drained loose soil and an even amount of water. Plant heirloom Little Finger Carrots in rows or hills but make sure the soil is well warmed. Plant seeds 1/4" deep. Plant Little Finger Carrots in full sun. Germination should occur in 5-10 days in soil 70-85°F. 

In rows thin plants to 1-2" apart. Height: 4”   Spacing: 6-12 inches between rows Depth: 1/4  inch Germination: 5-10 days

Starting from Seed Indoors

Generally,  carrots are sown directly into the soil.  I have never started carrots indoors because the harvest will be short so there is no need to start the seeds indoors. You can grow several crops during a season.

Direct-seeding into the Garden

Turn over the area you've selected to a depth of approximately 2 inches. Rake the area until it's level and smooth. Water the area until the soil is damp but not saturated. Scatter the seeds in the row. Gently rake the area to distribute the seeds further and protect them from birds. Or, press the seeds into the soil and cover with no more than 1/4 inches of soil. You can also place 2 to 3 seeds every 1 to 2 inches in rows approximately 6-12 inches apart, and cover seeds with 1/4 inches of soil. Place planting stakes around the area so you will know where to water. Check on your seeds about once a day. Make sure to mist the soil whenever it appears dry. Germination for the Carrots is approximately 5 to 10 days, depending on the warmth of the soil. Some gardeners like to plant the Carrots in small hills (down a row). 

Germination Problems

Growing plants from seeds successfully depends on a lot of factors and this makes it impossible to guarantee success on every batch of seeds planted.  Factors include, soil composition, PH, temperature, moisture levels, seed depth, soil density, seed viability, seed storage and many others.  We tested the germination of all our seeds and this seed variety is around 80%, but your results may vary based on exactly how you plant and all the environmental factors.  Good luck.

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