Carrots – Early Nantes


Easy to grow, deliciously tasty and a true family favourite 
Growing carrots is one of the most rewarding things to do in your kitchen garden…there is just something so satisfying about pulling them up and washing off all the soil so that you can cook them. These Nantes Carrots have a lovely sweet flavour. They’re a bit of a classic in the carrot world, and you can expect to get a decent 6″ size out of them (not that the size is important!!)


Number of plants: 10

Variety: Early Nantes (organic)

Can be grown in: Large containers, grow bags, raised beds. Find out more about growing carrots in our growing guide below.

In the kitchen: Can be steamed or are delicious eaten raw in salads. They are also great roasted with some honey.

Can be delivered from: late April to July

The right site

Watch out for stones – carrots should be grown in a stone free environment so that they can develop their carroty shape. They are pretty versatile but will grow best in very light, deep soils and not so well in heavy or sticky clay soils. If you don’t have the right type of soil you can do one of the following:

1. Create a trench about 20cm deep and 20cm wide and fill with a mixture of good quality compost and sand.

2. Use a reasonably deep planter (20cm) containing a light sandy compost mix. Level the top of the soil carefully.

Can be grown in....

Raised beds, planters or large containers.

How far apart?

Once your ground is prepared you can pop in your plants about 8cm apart.

Looking after your plants....

Your carrots will arrive growing in biodegradable pots. You may notice that there is more than one plant growing in each pot. If this is the case remove the smallest of the plants, leaving the largest in the bio pot. It is important to carefully peel off the base of the biodegradable pot before planting.


Protect them with fleece

Protect from carrot fly using a barrier of fleece or micromesh up to a height of 50cm.


Weed regularly

Keep carrots well weeded for a better crop.

Storage Tips

Once harvested, pop them unwashed into a paper sack to keep until you’re ready to cook them. You can also keep carrots in the soil – cut the green foliage off and then cover them with a layer of straw or cardboard. To keep them from getting waterlooged, cover the cardboard with a polythene sheet.

Ways to cook

Carrots are really versatile, and you can make quite a feast by keeping things simple. Steamed carrots with a knob of butter, grated carrots with a simple lemon juice dressing, or roasted with other root veg.

When we deliver
We usually deliver these plants through spring and summer, into July, although it’s a little dependent on the weather.

You can order from…
These plants are available to be ordered now and we’ll despatch them as soon as they are big enough to both handle the journey to your garden and handle life outside the poly tunnel.

Do I need to sign for them?
All our plant orders are dispatched with an overnight courier* to mainland UK and do not need to be signed for when they are delivered, but will be left somewhere safe. When placing your order, please let us know where you would like the plants left if you are not in when the courier delivers.

We will keep you posted
You will receive an email to let you know that your order is ready to be dispatched and another on the day your plants are packed and leave us, so you know to expect and prepare for their arrival.