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Organic Carrot Seeds

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Carrots from the garden taste so much better than store-bought - and we love the weird and wonderful shapes that emerge from the soil! This vegetable is best grown from seed, as Carrot seedlings don't like their roots disturbed once they get started.  

Urban Bounty sells two types of Carrot seed:

  • Royal Chantenay - a long, sweet, dark orange carrot
  • Scarlet Nantes - a small orange snacking carrot that is perfect for lunchboxes.  

Each packet of carrot seeds contains approximately 120 seeds - plenty to fill lots of lunchboxes!

About Carrots 

Legend has it that carrots were originally purple, yellow or white but Dutch farmers cultivated orange varieties in the 17th century to honour King William of Orange.  

Carrots are the ideal vegetable to grow in a small city garden because they don't take up too much space.  They look picture perfect in a cottage garden and can also be grown in a pot if it is sufficiently deep.  Carrots also happen to be idea for coastal areas with sandy soil, as they need loose, free draining soil that isn't nitrogen-heavy. 

Royal Chantenay carrots are 12 - 15cm long and amazingly sweet.  A carrot you can count on!  Scarlet Nantes are a smaller, almost coreless carrot with blunt ends.  

Culinary Uses for Carrots 

What isn't to love about carrots?  These delicious morsels have long been a staple of European cuisine.  The root of this plant can be eaten raw as a lunch box snack, in a salad or as a crudité with hummus. (The baby ones are particularly crunchy and sweet!)  If you haven't eaten all of your crop at baby-stage, roast the larger ones, or use them in a casserole, curry or soup.  Our family favourite is sautéed carrots with garlic, olive oil, honey and white wine vinegar.  

Growing Conditions - Carrots 

Carrots require a little tender love and care.  The trick to growing good carrots, is to plant them in extremely loose, neutral free-draining sandy loam that isn't too heavy on nitrogen.  (If your soil is rich and heavy, you might end up with some amusing shapes, but they will still taste the same!)  As your seedlings grow, thin them out to reduce competition for space.  

Carrots like a sunny spot but can cope with part shade.  They like just enough water to keep the soil moist.  (Take care not to overwater, as waterlogged soil can cause your carrots to rot.) Carrots are frost and wind hardy.  

Companion plant Carrots with Lettuce, Chives, Leeks, Onions, Shallots, Rosemary, Sage, Beans or Nigella. Don't plant near Anise Hyssop, Dill or Parsnip. 

Growing instructions - Carrots

  • Direct sow: Early spring - early autumn
  • Spacing: Sow thickly in rows of 35 cm apart.  Thin to 6 - 8 cm
  • Sowing depth: 7 mm
  • Germination: 6 - 10 days
  • Water regularly - the soil should be moist but not soggy.
  • Thin once the seedlings have reached 5 cm high
  • Harvest: 55 days 

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  

 

Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.

 

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