Carrot 'Purple Dragon'
First recorded in Spain around 1100 AD, the original Afghan three-coloured carrot was grown in the Middle East for many years before this, it is in- fact the antecedent of the more familiar orange carrot. The rich violet coloured skin holds a bounty of antioxidant anthocyanins, whilst the orange core is abundant with carotene. Colourful plate appeal, powerful nutritional composition and simple growing requirements make the Purple Carrot a home garden essential.
Carrots prefer an open, loose soil. Sow seed directly into shallow furrows. Carrots are not hungry crops, too much nitrogen in the soil will result in forked roots. Carrot seed will take a few weeks to germinate, a sheet of semi permeable material can be laid over the seed bed to prevent the soil drying out, remove the material as the seed germinates. You can grow a crop of radish among your carrots as these will germinate and mature quickly and will be harvested before the carrots need the space.