How do I thin the carrots in my garden?

Asked July 9, 2015, 9:49 PM EDT

I love carrots from my garden. However, I never get big carrots. I am told I should "thin" them. I don't know how to do this. The green tops are just coming up & are close together. Please help. Thank you.

Fulton County New York fruits and vegetables gardening horticulture

1 Response

When the carrots are just big enough to eat (you know this by pulling up one to see how big it is), pull up all but one for every two inches. If you do not want to eat these babies, you can pull up the small plants whenever you want and leave only one for every two inches. https://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetable-profiles-carrots http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/vegetables/growing-carrots-and-root-vegetables/ It is very hard to get big carrots in clay soil. In sandy soil, you have a better chance of getting big carrots. Some cultivars of carrots tend to get bigger faster than others. http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/homegardening/scenea765.html vw