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Sow a Little Love for Fall

It's not too late to fall in love with Romeo, if you carefully plan a late season planting.

Oh, Romeo! There’s a so much to love about growing these darling baby carrots.
Photo/Illustration: Jodi Torpey

I think I’ve fallen in love with Romeo.

My heart soars every time I pull a round Romeo carrot from the soil. Each one of these baby carrots is so small, so round and so full of flavor that I can’t believe I actually grew them in a patio container.

I’ve never been interested in growing carrots before, but these cuties looked like they would be easy to sow and grow. I sprinkled the seeds (ReneesGarden.com) in the soil of a large container in early May and kept a close eye on soil moisture until they sprouted.

Then over the next two months, I thinned the seedlings conscientiously so they’d have plenty of room to grow.

Because I’m so happy with the sweet results, I’m planning on sowing a late season crop of Romeos so I can enjoy these little orange globes into the fall.

Planning is the key to planting for the fall and in Denver that means I need to sow the carrot seeds in early August to beat the average first frost date in October. I want to make sure my babies have time to grow before the deep freeze arrives.

Before planting, I’ll work to loosen the soil and then plant the seeds just a bit deeper than I did with the spring planting. A light mulch will help shade the soil to keep it cool and moist through the remaining hot summer weather.

Even though cool-season veggies like carrots can tolerate a light frost, I’ll protect my Romeo from the elements so I can ensure a happy ending.

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