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Harvest flowers: Carrots are biennial - will only flower every other year. During the second flowering year, allow the seed heads to ripen completely on the plan. When they become brown and dry, cut the heads and place in a brown paper bag or open jar to dry.
Collect seeds: Once seed heads are dry and the seeds have darkened, seal paper bag or container and shake to release the seed.
Label and Store: Label and store seed in a cool, dry location. Carrot seeds can last up to three years.
Carrots do best in loose, rock-free soil. Use raised beds or double dig your soil to give your carrots a great foundation for growth. Sow your carrot seeds 3 weeks before the last expected frost. Plant again 2-3 weeks after initial planting. Your last planting should occur 2-3 months before the first fall frost. After planting, keep soil continuously moist for best germination!
Carrots can cross pollinate between varieties. Therefore, be sure to separate different varieties by at least 800m in order to ensure seed integrity. Remove wild carrot weeds, as they will also pollinate with carrots.
Sources: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/carrot/saving-carrot-seeds.htm ; http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/your-guide-growing-carrots
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