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Great advise on growing carrots. The root grow first before you see any green. I've had success by double tilling the rows. Till deep, take soil out then till deep again and back fill. Sow the carrot seeds, water in well and place a board over the row. If your row is straight a 2x4 is all that's needed. Keep well watered and remove the board after 10 days or so. Green should appear in about 14 days. Thin after 3 to 4 weeks for baby carrots and keep well watered and weeded for mature carrots. Don't get in any hurry to pull. They store well right in the ground even until early winter. Providing they never completely dry out. They will split if allowed to dry and then a soaking rain comes.

 
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Wood chips may prevent the green part of the carrot from emerging. The soil should be fine and loose. Remove any chunks or rocks or you will end up with forked carrots. Don't ask me how I know this.
 

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