‘Red Cored Chantenay’ has 6″-long, thick, blunt roots, making it reliable even in heavy or shallow soils. Expect big yields that resist splitting and forking. An excellent variety for juicing, canning, freezing, and cooking in soups and hearty stews. Excellent storage carrot, growing sweeter with time.
SOWING AND GROWING: Sow 3/4–1″ apart, 1/4– 1/2″ deep, in a 2″-wide band (about 30 seeds/ft.), or single rows 16–24″ apart. For minimum soil compaction, use raised beds with 2 or 3 rows 16–24″ apart, beds 5–6′ on centre. Sprinkle the soil surface to keep moist. Do not allow the soil to crust before the emergence of seedlings, which takes 1–3 weeks, depending on temperature and moisture. If necessary, thin young seedlings to 3/4–2″ apart, depending on root size desired. Keep weed-free by tine weeding and shallow hoeing. To prevent greening, cover exposed crowns.
HARVESTING: Carrots may be dug any time after they reach the desired size. Generally, the best harvest period lasts about 3 weeks, after which time the roots may crack or the taste and appearance may decline. Make a few sowings at 3-week intervals for a continuous supply of tender carrots at their prime.