Container gardening does not always have to cater to herbs, spices and blooms. Like growing your own potato, beets, turnips and radishes, carrot being a root crop is quite enjoyable and easy to raise out of containers in your patio, balcony, terrace, rooftop garden, or any space with ample sunshine. Growing carrots in containers, however, must be done with care to ensure having a healthy harvest. To get you started, here’s a how-to guide on carrot container gardening for the first time
How To Grow Carrots in a container?
1. First things first— choose the right carrot variety. There are quite a number of carrot varieties enough to make your head spin– chantenay, danvers, imperator, nantes, planet and baby carrot being the most popular ones. When growing in containers, expert gardeners highly recommend the Nantes variety or the Chantenay. Not only are they shorter and wider in girth, these varieties also produce sturdy roots and taste as fantastic as the others. You can start with this Scarlet Nantes Carrot Seeds pack which produce bright orange sweet, crisp and tender and abundant produce.
2.Next is finding the right container. To a prolific DIY enthusiast, any item– empty cans, milk carton, plastic box, etc. — that can house soil and seeds will make do when growing carrots in containers. The idea is too pick a container with enough depth, like say 1.5ft, to house the long roots of carrots. There are foldable and reusable polyethylene patio planters for you to use over and over again. Then, there’s the ever-dependable grow bags like these 10 gallon grow bags . They can easily blend to a patio or yard, or placed inside a planter for safekeeping. Transferring them from one place to another is also made easy with its handles. An easily accessible flap calso helps to monitor seeds and growth roots.
3.Pick the right potting mix. Growing carrots from seeds for the first time can be a tad challenging when done with just soil coming from your backyard. You need to not just ensure that soil is healthy, microorganisms not seen by the naked eye must also be carefully taken cared of. Some make do with loosened soil with compost. To ensure success in your first carrot container gardening, experts strongly suggest using a specialty potting mix like the Miracle-Gro Seed Starting Potting Mix. These potting mixes are formulated with the right nutrien to ensure fast root development for vigorous plant growth and harvest.
4. With the right seeds, soil and container in place, now is the right time to sow your seeds. Start by digging 3-inch holes at around 3-inch distance from each other. Place 3 carrot seeds in each hole and fill it with potting mix. If you have compost, the better. Water it just right to give seeds enough moisture that will help optimize growth.
See, learning how to grow carrots in containers is easy as a breeze! While March is the best time of the year to start growing one, carrots are known to be frost-resistant. Hence, starting your own carrot container gardening project can be done anytime, year-round. With the right elements in place, you can finally enjoy fresh, nutritious carrot dishes from scratch.