Have you ever thought of growing organic carrots in containers? Carrots are some of the best loved and most eaten vegetables in the world. However, many people don’t realize that they can be grown in pots. Because of the long shape of this vegetable, container gardening for carrots never gained popularity. Nonetheless, there are people who have had great success with growing carrots in containers from seeds, so it is certainly worth a try. This is especially helpful for people who do not have a lot of backyard space, but would love to eat fresh organic vegetables.
The advantages of container gardening
Container gardening involves growing plants in vessels rather than planting them directly in the ground. The most commonly used vessels are pots, but many prefer to be creative and use recyclable containers and other decorative canisters such as tubs, half barrels and baskets. People tend to use a container for planting if they want to keep houseplants or have limited garden space. For urban dwellers, container gardening is a practical and viable option to grow plants in balconies, patios, or even indoors. A variety of plants can be grown in containers. The most popular choices are decorative and flowering plants, but herbs and some vegetables are also gaining popularity. And, as mentioned earlier, growing organic carrots in containers is possible as well.
Tips for growing organic carrots in containers
Growing organic carrots in containers is easier than you might think. A lot of garden aficionados would attest that is not only easy, but also very rewarding. Some gardeners have discovered that carrots grown in containers actually thrive better than those grown in open soil. Here are some guidelines on how to do it:
- Choose the carrot variety you wish to grow – It goes without saying that smaller varieties adapt better to container gardening. There are different varieties of carrots, so choose the ones that are rounded or spherically-shaped. Popular carrot varieties for this gardening method include Thumbelina and Nantes.
- Choose an appropriate container – Now that you have chosen the variety, you have a pretty good idea how deep a container you will need. Ideally, your planter should be a foot or more deep to allow enough space for the root system to grow. Ensure that the amount of drain holes is sufficient to remove excess water.
- Choose a well-draining soil or potting mix – Never use garden soil for growing carrots as this type of soil is compact and will make it difficult for the root system to expand. Instead, opt for loamy/sandy soil mixed with compost. You may add fertilizer to the soil if you wish to encourage growth. However, this is not necessary and if your aim is to grow organic carrots, a good compost is sufficient.
- Do not fill potting mix to the brim of your container – When growing organic carrots in containers, leave about an inch space and do not overcrowd the container.
- Space out your holes appropriately – Ideally, holes should be an inch deep and spaced 3 inches apart. Then place 2 or 3 seeds into the holes and cover them lightly with potting mix.
- Do not place your pot under direct sunlight – The carrot is a root vegetable and therefore grows well in partial shade. However, it also needs some sunlight for photosynthesis to happen. Find an area that gets about 5 to 6 hours of sunlight and your organic carrots will thrive.
The advantage of growing carrots in containers from seeds
I am a gardener at heart and I grow container carrots for these reasons:
- It is an easy and enjoyable activity. On top of that, it is fulfilling because you always get a great harvest when you follow the steps described.
- Growing carrots in containers from seeds is easier than you may think. This means even new gardeners can be successful and produce a nice crop.
- The materials needed are easily accessible. You can use buckets or repurpose used containers.
- You can start growing carrots in containers from seeds indoors in winter or early spring and move them outside once the weather becomes favorable. This gives you a great head start for the season.
Reasons why growing organic carrots in containers for consumption is practical and healthy
- There is more to carrots than just being a delicious addition to most dishes. They are excellent for our overall health and work wonders with our digestive system, skin, teeth, and eyes!
- Carrots have a high soluble fiber content that helps in lowering blood-cholesterol levels.
- They are known to have strong healing properties. These include cleansing intestines, purifying and revitalizing the blood, providing essential minerals, and acting as a diuretic.
Everybody loves carrots and if you have not started growing them yet, it is high time that you make growing organic carrots in containers a part of your gardening goals.