How to Grow Carrots


carrots from seed is a rewarding activity. This guide walks you through the basics of how to grow carrots in gardens and raised beds, and the full directions with tips for pots are available when you click "Learn more" on any slide!


Carrot Seeds Loose, well-draining soil Sand (Optional)

What You'll Need

Plant the seeds a ½ inch deep, ideally with 1-2 inches of space between each seed. Closer is fine, but you'll need to thin them. Rows should be 9 inches or further apart. To make planting easier, mix grains of sand in with your seed, then rub the mix between your fingers as you go over the row or area you want them to grow in.


Carrots require moisture to thrive. They need at least 1 inch of water every week, so make sure you water more often if it’s a dry summer. And 1 inch is the minimum – they’ll be happy with more. Carrots need to be weeded regularly throughout their growing season, since the weeds will take away valuable nutrients they need.

Care Tips

more directions and care tips, including detailed instructions for growing carrots in pots, click "Learn more" below!