What To Plant The First Week Of February
Plant Carrots, Turnips, Onions, Beets, Irish Potatoes and other root crops.
Start tomatoes, peppers and eggplants indoors.
Prepare to plant Corn, Beans, Peppers & other above ground crops weather permitting & hoping after last frost date for this area – Feb. 28.
Sow carrot seed at a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch, beginning this week. For a continuous harvest, make additional plantings every 3 to 4 weeks. Space rows 18 to 24 inches apart. If necessary, thin the seedlings within a few weeks of germination. After thinning, seedlings should be spaced 2 to 3 inches apart.
Carrots like consistent moisture supply from seed germination until harvest. Adequate moisture supplies are most important during germination and root enlargement. Dry soils during germination usually result in poor stands. Inadequate moisture during root growth may result in small, woody, poorly flavored carrots. Cracking may occur if there is a sudden increase in the soil moisture levels (either from rain or irrigation) after a long, dry period.
Carrots perform best when they receive 1 inch of water each week. If possible, water once a week during dry weather.
Harvest carrots when the roots are 3/4 inch or more in diameter. Trim off the tops 1/2 inch above the roots. Most carrot varieties mature 60 to 80 days after planting.
Mature carrots can be stored for several months at a temperature of 32 F and relative humidity of 98 to 100%. Surplus can also be canned or frozen.