The carrot is a biennial vegetable, but is grown as an annual, and the part of the plant that is usually consumed is the root, so it is important to prepare a plot of very soft and porous soil, where the roots can grow quickly without obstacles. If your vegetable garden has very compact ground, before sowing carrots it is advisable to add some sand to the soil, so as to make it softer and easily penetrable by the young roots. In addition to this, enrich the soil with a slow release granular fertilizer. The carrots are sown directly, by thebroadcaster method; after the seedlings have developed a little (about 7-10 cm in height) they should be thinned out, so as to leave a few inches around each single plant, to favour the development of more vigorous roots. During growth they should be fertilized with manure and watered regularly. Every variety of carrot takes a different time to be ready for consumption: it can take from a few weeks up to 2-3 months.