Getting started with carrots in pots is not as hard as it may sound. You just need to make sure that the container you choose is deep enough to allow the roots to grow and that you keep the soil moist. Carrots don’t like dry soil, and can easily become brittle and hard to eat. There are two main ways to do this. You can make your own potting soil, or you can buy a soil-less media from your local garden center.
There are several varieties of carrots, some of which are short and tall. You’ll want to choose a pot that is 12 inches to 14 inches deep. This will allow room for the roots to grow and make harvesting easier.
You should also make sure that you water the carrots regularly. They like consistent moisture, and they don’t do well in temperatures over 85 deg F. A couple of inches of water every few days will do the trick.
You should also consider using a good quality potting soil, like Miracle-gro. It’s a good idea to use organic potting soil, since carrots use phosphorous during their growth. You can also buy a soil-less media at your local garden center, or mix coco peat and perlite to create a potting media.
To ensure that the potting soil is well-drained, you may want to place a small plastic drum in the bottom of the pot, and drill holes for drainage. You can also use damp burlap to keep the soil moist.
The best way to get started with carrots in pots is to plant the seeds in a trough made from a ceramic plate and garden pebbles. The soil should be placed in the pot before the seeds are added. You can use a hose for watering, but be sure to mist the seeds with a gentle spray.
You should also consider fencing in the pots, or at least using chickenwire to keep groundhogs from climbing up the plants. These critters love to munch on carrots.
The best thing about growing carrots in pots is that they are easier to harvest than ground-grown carrots. You can eat the mature roots when they’re ready, or you can harvest the seeds to plant later. You should also consider using a supplemental organic fertilizer to boost the plants’ vitamin and mineral content. You can purchase a product like SeaFeed Xtra, which contains all the ingredients necessary for a successful root vegetable harvest. The newest incarnation of this product includes a special blend of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. It should be applied on a separate day from the rest of your fertilizing schedule.
The carrots in pots may require more watering than ground carrots, but they’ll be sweeter and have a better flavor. When you harvest carrots, try to use your hands instead of a spade. The carrots are best when they are mature, but you can also harvest carrots in their baby stage at any time.