Packet Content (approx.): 1600 (1.5g)
Carrot Amsterdam Forcing 2 is an early carrot with long, smooth roots and very good sweet flavour. Versatile, it will produce some of the first finger carrots of the season but you can enjoy it right through until October.
Sow successionally January-July
Carrot seeds are small, but its wise to plant them as thinly as possible. This reduces the amount of thinning necessary and potential risk from pests. Mix the seeds with a handful of sharp sand and sow the seeds and sand together. Sand will also aid drainage. Sow seed 1.8cm (¾") deep in drills 23-30cm (9-12") apart. Thin seedlings when the first rough leaves appear, repeating as necessary until plants are 5-7.5cm (2-3") apart. Row 6m (20') or more. Sow thinly to minimise thinning (which can attract Carrot Root Fly). Avoid crushing the leaves as the scent attracts carrot root fly.
· Start outdoor sowings January to March sowings can be made under cloches, or in large pots in a cool greenhouse.
Carrot seeds hate drying out and germinate slowly (14 to 21 days) so if youre sowing seed in summer, a good way to keep them moist is to lay wet newspaper on top of the damp soil. Once the seedlings are showing their first rough leaves, thin out to 10cm apart which minimises competition and enables the carrots to grow quickly to harvest size. The plants need little other attention during their growth period, although the plants should be kept well watered too little water results in coarse, woody roots.
Surround the carrot bed with a barrier of fleece at least 60cm high to keep low flying carrot root fly from your crop.
Harvesting: June to December.
Start pulling up your carrots as soon as they are big enough to eat. Its best to harvest them in the evening to avoid attracting carrot fly. Late-sown carrots must be lifted by October to be stored over the winter. Remember that winter carrots take a little longer to mature than summer carrots.
Suitable for the vegetable garden, allotments and containers.
Be prepared to water well and supplement feed with high-potash feed during season. Regular feeding is recommended.