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Organic Tendersweet Carrot Seed

Organic Tendersweet Carrot Seed

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organic carrot seedsOrganic Tendersweet Carrot  (75 days)

Daucus carota

Tendersweet has long, 9-10" tapered roots; rich orange color; sweet, and coreless. 

This heirloom carrot is a reliable producer that has been pleasing folks for generations. 

Try tendersweet carrot seed in your Victory Garden!

1935 Isbell's Seed Company. catalog says about tendersweet carrot seeds...
"Very sweet and nearly coreless, of good shape; cylindrical, very smooth and about 6 inches long. Of deep orange-red color; crisp, tender and of very fine flavor. Tendersweet carrot is a fine home garden sort, excellent for early market use."

1940 Oscar H. Will Pure Seed Book says tendersweet carrot seed...
"Tendersweet carrot is one of the finest varieties, always sweet, tender and brittle, the roots are from 7 to 81/2 inches long, 2 inches in diameter at the shoulder and uniformly tapered to a semi-blunt end. The flesh of this carrot is rich orange with indistinct core."

Seed Planting Depth

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Germination Temperature

Days to Germination

Row Spacing

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100' Row Yield

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1/4"-1/8" 400-1200 55-70 10-15 4" 2" 95 lb. Full

Planting Tips:

Plant in the spring in a well prepared bed free of rocks.  Scrape shallow furrows 1/4”-1/8“ deep and sow seeds directly, covering with a thin layer of soil.  Weeds can be a problem due to the long germination time - careful weeding is a must.  Thin to 2-3” apart once seedlings have come up.  For longer harvest, stagger plantings every 2-3 weeks.

Heirloom Carrot Climatic Requirements:  The heirloom carrot is a hardy, cool season crop that can be planted in the garden as soon as the orgnic soil can be prepared in the spring. Organic carrots require relatively large amounts of moisture and are not tolerant of drought. Prolonged hot weather in the later stages of development may not only retard growth but result in an undesirable strong flavor and coarseness in the roots. At the other extreme, prolonged temperatures below 55 degrees F tend to make the roots longer, more slender and paler in color than expected. The best temperature for highest quality organic roots is between 60 and 70 degrees F.

Soils:  Heirloom carrot plants thrive in deep, loose, well-drained soil. Avoid stony, cloddy or hard soils as they increase the likelihood of root defects. Because raised-beds usually have loose soil and receive little compaction from foot traffic, they are an ideal location to grow carrots. Heirloom carrot plants grow well at a pH range of 6.0 to 6.8.

Organic Fertilizers:  Most of the time a very well composted manure and a humus laden soil is all you need to grow great organic carrots.  Heirloom carrots require large amounts of plant nutrient elements normally found is this mix, but sometimes need extra potassium, for good production.   On the flip side too much manure applied just before seeding can result in forked roots. Better to wait till the tops are about 3"s to apply more organic manure as a side dressing. 

Establishing:  Direct seed heirloom carrots into a well-prepared soil early in the spring. Suggested planting seed depth is 1/4 inch deep in rows spaced 12 to 18 inches or more apart depending on the method of cultivation used. It is important to avoid crusting of the soil around the seed-bed. Covering the seed with vermiculite or fine organic compost and keeping the soil evenly moist until the seedlings have emerged will help prevent this problem.  After the seedlings have emerged, thin them to one inch apart. When the tops of the carrots grow thicker, thin them to about two to three inches apart.

Heirloom seeds are hardy but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - not letting the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely or overwatering and possibly having them rot.

 

Amazing Braised Carrots

1 ½ lbs carrots- peel and cut in half lengthwise

2 tablespoons sliced garlic-about 3 medium cloves

½ cup chicken or vegetable stock

¼ cup olive oil

¼ tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. nutmeg (optional)

Cayenne pepper to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Pre-heat oven to 375°

Place carrots in single layer on a baking dish, and scatter the garlic slices throughout. 

Whisk the stock, oil and spices together and pour over the carrots and garlic.

Cover the dish tightly with foil to keep moisture inside.

Braise the carrots for 45 minutes until they are tender. Remove foil and continue to braise for an additional 15 minutes.

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