Carrots 'de Tilques'

A strong variety from Northern France.
Common name : Carrots 'de Tilques'
Scientific name : Daucus carota 'de Tilques'
Family : Apiaceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Perennial
Edible
Edible
An old heirloom, from Tilques in Northern France. Perfect for harvesting through winter as it is very frost-resistant - and ideal for soup.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Harvestint

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
Granulométrie plants.granulometry_4
Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 20 - 40
pH 7

Identify my carrots 'de tilques'

Daucus carota are perennials grown in annuals, with compound foliage - the variety called "De Tilques" gives carrots rather large, perfect for cooking or soup!

Sow my carrots 'de tilques'

This variety is sown in a line from May until summer, in deep, cool, sandy soil in the sun. Water after sowing. You can sow from February to March under tunnel or frame, for an early harvest. Little trick: the carrot seeds are very small ... Mix them with sand, to sow lighter. Another one? Mix some radish seeds too! Radishes will grow faster, giving shade to very young carrot shoots, and leave them there when you harvest them. In addition, radish repels red spiders.

Thin out my carrots 'de tilques'

Thin out your seedlings! Make two separate passes, keeping one plant every 3 cm when the little plants are 3 cm high, then keep one every 8 cm once your carrots each have three leaves. They should be the size of a little finger.

Mulch my carrots 'de tilques'

After thinning your carrots, mulch them to limit weeding and watering.

Water my carrots 'de tilques'

Outside of sowing time, watering isn't needed, with the except of periods of prolonged drought! Water the seeds with a fine mist to avoid overly dispersing the seeds or damaging the plants. Watering at the height of summer may prove necessary in case of serious heat — water seldom but heavily, this will stop the roots from growing "crossed'.

Check on my carrots 'de tilques'

Good news ! The carrot of Tilques is not very sensitive to the carrot fly - and also to alternaria.

Harvesting my carrots 'de tilques'

Harvest your carrots as you need them, before flowering. Use a gardening spade so you don't break them.

Remove my carrots 'de tilques'

Your carrots were all harvested and you harvested the seeds? Now you can tear them up to make room for a new crop, if needed! Otherwise, leave them in the ground until next season.

Reap my carrots 'de tilques'

Harvest your 'Tilques' carrots about 5 months after sowing - as needed. You can safely leave them in the ground until the frosts, and shelter the last ones in a cool and dark place: this variety can be kept very well!

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