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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7. Use extra protection during summer months.

Low-flying female carrot flies are attracted to the smell of carrots and lay their eggs at the base of them. In addition to companion crops, gardeners protect their carrots by covering them under a horticultural fleece; surrounding them with a fine netting 2-feet high or growing them in tall pots; or using carrot varieties that have some resistance to carrot fly, such as Flyaway, Maestro, Sytan and Resistafly.

8. Tend to carrot seedlings.

If needed, thin them to 1/2 inch (1 cm) between the plants. This will allow the carrots to form larger roots. Water well during dry weather.

Thinning Carrot SeedlingsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

9. Harvest the carrots and leeks when they reach a good size.

If the leeks need longer, then leave them in the container until the winter when they have thickened up.

Harvesting CarrotsEnlarge 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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