Carrots are root vegetables with a large edible tuber that is usually orange but can be several different colors.
The carrot is an edible root of the daucus carota plant. They are usually orange in color yet the "white carrot" is actually the parsnip. The carrot is a tuberiform. Carrots can be eaten raw or cooked, and are low in calories and high in nutrients, especially Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and beta carrotene. They are a healthy lunch snack to give children instead of cookies or chips. Carrots are also a favorite food of several rodents and small mammals, such as rabbits and gophers.
Companion Planting Carrots and Lettuce
In addition to considering Aquaponics, one of the best ways to cultivate this plant is using Permaculture with Hugulculture wood core raised bed organic gardening combined with seed saving of non-GMO open-pollinated heirloom seeds as shown in this video by Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast:
- http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEA7BA330871366B8 Permaculture with Jack Spirko Part 9 - Hugelkultur Basics, from the Permaculture Principles and Design Video Series. Online. Published Jun 6, 2012. Traditional hugulculture wood core raised bed and how it has been adapted to more suburban and urban friendly gardening applications. See also: Paul Wheaton's http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur.
Relevant TSP Episodes
- TSP Episode 978 - Fall Gardening
- TSP Episode 1317 - The Backyard Orchard
- TSP Episode 1120 - Designing Small Scale Forest Gardens
- TSP Episode 1152 - Jere Gettle of Baker Creek on Heirloom Seeds
- TSP Episode 1054 - The How, What and Why of Saving Seeds
- TSP Episode 974 - Stephen Scott from Terroir Seeds
- TSP Episode 23 - The Role of Heirloom Vegetables in Survival Planning