How to Grow Carrot Companion Crops

Did you know that gardeners purposely grow some plants together to help produce the healthiest crops? Find out how companion gardening can help your carrots grow.

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Leeks, onions or garlic are useful companions to carrots, since their strong smells keep away flies that attack carrots. For this example, we will use salad leek seeds. Grow carrots and leeks in a sunny or partly shaded place and use well-drained, light soil. Sow the carrot seeds in late spring to miss the first invasion of carrot flies. The seeds will germinate in three weeks, and they will be ready to harvest in 12 weeks.

Materials Needed:

  • deep crate
  • garbage bag
  • kid-safe scissors
  • gravel
  • bucket
  • sand
  • potting soil
  • ruler or stick
  • baby carrot seeds
  • salad leek seeds
  • sticks
  • polyethylene bag cover
  • horticultural fleece
  • fine netting
  • specific fly-resistant carrot varieties, such as Flyaway, Maestro, Sytan or Resistafly seeds

1. Line a deep crate with a garbage bag.

Cut to fit, and make a few small holes through the crate and the bag with scissors. Spread out a layer of gravel in the bottom for drainage.

2. Mix a bucketful of potting soil with sand.

Next, fill up the crate. Moisten the soil before sowing the seed.

Bucket of Sand and Vegetable SeedsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

3. Create room for seeds.

Make three trenches that are ½ inch (1 cm) deep along the length of crate using a ruler or a stick.

Measure Distance Between Soil TrenchesEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books

2010

Dorling Kindersley

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