How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Carrots should not be transplanted; it does too much
damage to the root. They must be direct seeded in the garden.
Carrot seeds are very small. They should be planted on raised
beds made by adding large amounts of sifted compost or other
soil amendments so that a bed is established above the previous
level of soil. Plant seeds about 0.75 to 1 inch apart in
the row with the rows being about 12 to 16 inches apart.
At each place a plant is desired, scatter six to eight seeds
on moist soil. Plant a greater stand than necessary so as
to make up for any losses from insects such as cutworms.
Plant shallowly, less than 0.25-inch deep. Keep the soil
surface moist, and don't allow it to crust during seedling
emergence. Do not sprinkle the soil unless using a hose-end
fogger; use a drip tube instead. Seedlings are weak and if
disturbed, don't recover well. Some gardeners cover the
seed row with silica sand to ensure good soil contact. Once
emerged, thin seedlings to 0.75 inch to 2 inches apart depending
upon root size. You may need to thin successively, over
a period of several weeks, until your row has evenly spaced
plants. Carrots may also be intercropped with lettuce and