How Deep Should Planting Beds Be For Growing Carrots

Question From: Everett, Washington, United States
Q: My carrots a seem to be stunted and wrinkled. I have raised planting beds. How deep do you need for root crops?

A: Carrots usually need 18 to 24 inches of friable soil according to professional growers.However The Square Foot Gardener Mel Bartholomew grows them in raised beds that are 12 inches deep and dropped on grass. Carrots come in all sizes so you might try shorter varieties. Atlas from Johnny's Selected Seeds is ball shaped and should do well in any raised bed. ( thinning is crucial, so follow package directions. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy