Jeff Poppen has grown a lot of carrot crops over the years. He shares his experience and knowledge as to the soil preparation, the planting, and good varieties to grow.
- Carrot seeds have been found in Switzerland and Southern Germany dating back to 2000-3000 B.C.
- In the 17th century, patriotic Dutch agriculturists began cross-breeding carrots to develop an orange variety, as orange was the color that represented the Dutch Royal Family.
- Soil pH of 6.5-6.8.
- Fast-growing cultivars mature within 3 months of sowing the seed. Slower-maturing cultivars need 120 days.
- Carrot Categories: Nantes or Scarlet Nantes Imperator Danvers Chantenay Ball (or Mini).
Jeff says his parents loved growing plants on their Illinois farm, and he credits them for his passion for growing. He’s made his living growing the best organic vegetables he can. Jeff acknowledges he has learned through experience over four decades. He is also an avid student of old-time farming methods, the way folks grew stuff before all of the chemicals in farming. He is compelled to try and shorten the learning curve for other gardeners. Jeff adds, “My wish is that my love for growing organically inspires others.”