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Carrots, Danvers 126

   Carrots, Danvers 126

Heirloom. Organic. The Danvers 126 carrot is a very sweet and tender carrot with good coloring. The roots grow to about 7" long and 2 1/2" wide at the top. The Danvers carrot does very well in dense soil. Sow outdoors in early spring in rows 10 to 12 inches apart, and cover 1/2 inch deep. Later thin the plants to stand about 6 inches apart. Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Danvers 126 is known for growing to a height of approximately 15.0 cm (5.85"). Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 0.39" (1.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.23" (0.6 cm). A full sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Danvers 126 is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 3 - 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. A soil ph of between 6.0 and 6.5 is ideal for Danvers 126 as it does best in acidic soil. This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by late spring.

Planting Danvers 126 Carrots While starting seeds of the Danvers 126 Carrots is not necessarily difficult, the right conditions will make the process successful.  Most gardeners sow Danvers 126 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 Danvers 126 Carrots are cool weather loving plants that prefer well drained loose soil and an even amount of water. Plant heirloom Danvers 126 Carrots in rows or hills but make sure the soil is well warmed. Plant seeds 1/4" deep. Plant Danvers 126 Carrots in full sun. Germination should occur in 5-10 days in soil 70-85°F. 

In rows thin plants to 3-5" apart. Height: 5”   Spacing: 12-18 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 3 to 4 inches in rows approximately 12-18 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.