This is the VOA Special English Agriculture Report.
talked last week about growing beets. Today we have advice about growing
another root vegetable, carrots. Carrots are easy to raise and easy to harvest.
They taste good. And they contain a lot of carotene, which the body makes into
people think of carrots, they usually picture in their mind a vegetable that is
long, thin and orange. But carrots come in many different sizes and shapes.
not all carrots are orange.
example, Paris Market carrots are about five centimeters around. Imperator
carrots are thin and about twenty-five centimeters long. And Belgian White
carrots are, as their name suggests, white.
the best results, carrots should be grown in sandy soil that does not hold
water for a long time. The soil also should have no rocks.
prepare your garden for carrots, dig up the soil, loosen it and turn it over.
Then, mix in some plant material or animal fertilizer.
soil conditions and age will affect the way carrots taste. Experts say warm
days, cool nights and a medium soil temperature are the best conditions for
growing carrots that taste great.
need time to develop their full sugar content. This gives them their taste. If
they are harvested too early, they will not have enough sugar. But carrots
lose their sweetness if you wait too long to pull them from the ground.
best way to judge if a carrot is ready to be harvested is by its color.
Usually, the brighter the color, the better the taste.
people do not know that carrots can be grown during the winter months. If the
winter is not cold enough to freeze the ground, you can grow and harvest
carrots the same way as during the summer months.
If the ground does freeze in your part of the world,
simply cover your carrot garden with a thick layer of leaves or straw. This
will prevent the ground from freezing. You can remove the ground cover and
harvest the carrots as they are needed.
are one of the world's most popular vegetables. They can be cooked and prepared
many different ways. Or, once they are washed, they can be eaten just as they
come out of the ground.
And that's the VOA
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our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm Jim Tedder.