How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Harvesting carrots

Carrots are usually ready for harvest in about 90 days after seeding. Harvest when roots are of good size but still tender. Carrots can be stored in the ground during the winter months unless the soil freezes. If carrots are allowed to stay too long in the soil, however, they may become overmature, tough, and possibly crack.

To determine if carrots are ready to harvest, check the roots by digging the soil back around the carrot top. Don't pull carrots up by the foliage because the roots will usually break off. Dig them out with a garden fork or trowel and gently ease them out.

Carrots taste best when eaten just after harvest. Young carrots can also be canned, frozen, or dried.

Dig out carrots and gently ease them out

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