I'm about to plant carrots. I'd like clarification on a few things I've read. Our average frost date was April 15 (two weeks ago). I've read that they can be sown as early as peas, i.e. as soon as the ground can be worked, and also that they can be sown every two weeks for staggered harvesting. (I'm not too late, am I??)
1. So what would be the ideal range of planting dates? Early March through June, July, or what?
2. I'd like to plant a lot for storage too. When should these be planted?
3. I'm confused by reading that carrots get tough if left in the ground once they're mature, but also that you can leave them in the ground and mulch well to store over the winter. To avoid storing tough carrots, when should they be sown?
Any other general tips on growing carrots? Thank you!