Do you like carrots? Haven’t you ever wanted to grow them on your own at home? I know that most of you don’t have gardens, but you don’t need one to be able to grow these wonderful veggies. You can plant them in pots and grow them there, and today I’m going to teach you how to do it.
Things you need:
- A big pot, about 30-35 cm deep
- Carrot seeds
- Watering can
The best time to plant carrots is in early to mid March. Most carrot sorts can grow well in cool weather, but there are such that love warm temperatures. So, whenever you move the calendar to March, it is time to plant your carrots.
Take a big pot and mix equal parts sand, red soil and compost in it. Mind that you have to wash the pot prior to mixing the soil, if you have used it before. There might be bacteria and microscopic insects in it, which will damage your carrots in future. It is very important for the pot to have good drainage holes, so that the soil doesn’t hold excess water. Oversaturation might make the carrots start rotting.
Make a few holes in the soil and put two or three seeds in each of them. The holes shouldn’t be deeper than one inch. Sprinkle soil over the seeds and water well. You have successfully planted your carrots.
Cares and Maintenance
The pots with carrots should be kept on a spot which is neither too sunny nor too shady. It is good to put them on a place where they will be lit by the sun most of the day.
Once your carrots pop up over the soil, you have to remove some of the leaves. You probably remember that you planted three seeds in each hole, now you have to remove the smaller ones, so that a carrot can grow big and healthy. If you leave all of the leaves coming out of a hole to grow, you will have a few very small vegetables in the end.
It is very important to water the carrots when you see that their soil is dry. Be very careful not to oversaturate them, because they might start rotting.
When you spot weeds around your carrots, remove them immediately, as they will suck the good properties of the soil and might smother your carrots.
Professional gardeners from Potters Bar recommend that you fertilise your carrots from time to time, but it is not obligatory. You can skip this step if you don’t have the time and funds for fertilising.
Carrots can be harvested after two – two and a half months after they’re planted.