How to: Grow tasty carrots - Part 1

Home-grown carrots are delicious, and the flavour of one pulled straight from the ground is far better than anything you can buy in a shop. They’re easy to grow too, making them the perfect crop to sow with children and just the veggie to try if you’re new to gardening. You don’t need any specialist kit to get cracking, and don’t worry if you haven’t got a dedicated veg plot – it’s possible to grow carrots in any spare patch of earth or a container. Look out for fun varieties – not all carrots are orange, with purple, yellow and white types also on offer.

Start in March or early April.

What you'll need:

How to: Grow tasty carrot:

Step 1
Make sure your soil is free of weeds and rake it until it’s fine and crumbly – pick out any large stones.

Step 2
Tie a piece of string to two sticks and use it to create a straight line on the surface of the soil.

Step 3
Use a hoe to make a shallow drill in the soil along the length of the string – the drill should be about 2cm deep.

Step 4
Sprinkle carrot seed along the drill, spacing it evenly – try to sprinkle it sparingly.

Step 5
Remove the line of string and carefully cover the seed with soil. Add a label at one end of the line as a reminder of your carrot variety.

Step 6
Water the seed well and wait for the seedlings to appear – it’s as simple as that.