Carrot - Romance
With smooth, rich orange finger roots in just 80 days from early sowings, Romance is a great choice for the kitchen garden. For summer or autumn harvest, allow 120 days for the sweet and crunchy 18-20cm roots.
Direct sow carrot seeds outdoors from March to July in a weed free, sunny position in fertile, light, well-drained soil. Sow carrot seeds thinly at a depth of 1cm in drills 30cm apart. Germination will take 10 to 20 days. When large enough to handle, thin out the seedlings within each row to 10cm apart. Water well to encourage germination. Once germinated, carrots should be watered only when necessary to keep the soil moist as excessive water may encourage leaf growth instead of roots. During growth, the carrot roots may be earthed up to prevent green crowns developing. Cover later carrot sowings with fleece or fine netting, and remove all thinnings from the site to minimise carrot fly infestation. Carrots can be harvested from July to December depending on their sowing date. Pull a single carrot first to assess the size of the roots. If the soil is dry, lifting carrots can be made easier by watering beforehand. Roots can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to 4 months.