Carrot, Hilmar/Nantaise 2 (Organic)
Daucus carota. 60 days.
This nantes type carrot is an excellent open pollinated competitor for the hybrids. Delightful, juicy crunch and sweet, mild flavor make it great for fresh eating. Very uniform for an open pollinated variety with bright orange color and good tip fill. Makes attractive carrot bunches at market. Good for spring through autumn production. Not a winter storage type, but they will keep for months in the refrigerator or root cellar. Another slam dunk variety from German seed company, Hild.
Seed produced by Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island, Washington.
Direct sow 2-4 seeds per inch in rows 6-12” apart, April through late July. Keep moist to ensure good germination, which may take up to 3 weeks. Thin to 2” spacing for large roots. Flavor sweetens after frost. A great choice for winter gardens.
Seed saving is not recommended in locations where Queen Anne’s Lace (wild carrot) is present. Collect seeds from at least 20 plants in their second year. Cut seed head when seeds are dry, remove seeds by hand or by dancing. Winnow or screen to clean. Isolate from other carrots and wild carrot by ½ mile.