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    Carrots are cool season vegetables that prefer sunny locations. Carrots are low in calories and are an excellent source of vitamin A. One 7 inch long root has only 35 calories, no fat, and supplies 270% of the daily vitamin A and 10% of the vitamin C requirement. 

    Growing Carrots


    Carrots come in a variety of root types and colors. Suitable varieties include:

    • Danvers
    • Chantenay
    • Scarlett Nantes
    • Imperator

    Soil Preparation:

    Carrots prefer fertile, well-drained, deep, sandy soils rich in organic matter for best growth. Most light soils in Utah are well suited for carrot production. Heavy soils need to be amended with plenty of compost and should be double dug to allow good root development. Before planting, incorporate up to 2-4 inches of well composted organic matter and apply 2-4 cups of all-purpose fertilizer (16-16-8 or 10-10-10) per 100 square feet. Work this into the top 6-8 inches of soil. 

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