Carrot â€“ Caracas
With its short conical roots, Carrot 'Caracas' is a good choice for growing on heavier soils, and ideal for sowing in containers as 'baby' carrots. 'Chantenay' types are increasingly popular in the supermarket but have been a gardenersâ€™ favourite for years. The rich orange flesh of these coreless roots have an outstanding flavour, whether they are eaten fresh or stored for later in the year. Height: 30cm. Spread: 15cm.
Sow at 4 week intervals. Sow thinly, 1cm deep in drills 23-30cm apart and thin out only if necessary to 2.5cm apart for small sweet roots. If larger roots are required, carefully thin out to 5cm apart. It prefers well-drained, moist, rich soil and cool conditions. Later sowings provide an essential ingredient for stews and casseroles.