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Carrots are a great addition to your container garden as they will grow quicker than if they were in a traditional garden plot. They are one of the most satisfying veggies to grow. at harvest time you never know what you'll pull up, might be a whopper!
How Do I Grow Carrots?
When threat of hard frost has past, sow your first crop of carrots into your container. Carrot seeds are very small, so small in fact that they can be tedious to plant. Mix half your seeds in with some sand to avoid over seeding. Carrots will take about 3-4 weeks to appear and to help make it easier for your seedlings to grow, companion plant them with radish. Radish seeds will help mark where your carrots are located and help break up the soil, making it easier for your carrots to grow through.
Plant successive crops every few weeks until three months before fall frost to get a continuous harvest. Your carrots will likely end up in little clusters, and you’ll need to thin them out to 1/2 inches apart so they have enough room to keep growing. Thin all the other seedlings out except the strongest one, it has the best chance of surviving.
As soon as your carrots have developed full colour and reach the desired size, they are ready to eat. Dig them up with a garden fork or simply pull them when the soil is moist but pulling firmly on the greens. Make sure to harvest your fall crops before the ground freezes, or be prepared for some hard work. There are some carrots that over winter in some regions, so if you plan to have a winter garden check your local seed catalog for the hardy or overwintering varieties. Carrots can be harvested while they are still young for baby carrots.
1 cup: Vitamin A (428%), Vitamin K (21%), Vitamin C (13%), Vitamin B6 (9%), Potassium (12%)
Preparing and using
Once you’ve harvested your carrots scrub them with a vegetable brush but avoid peeling them as most of the vitamins and nutrients are in their skin.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
For a late harvest cover your container in mulch to keep if from freezing too quickly and to protect your carrots from precipitation and wind.
Use a fertilizer of N-P- K, 1-2- 2 when planting carrots.
You can overwinter some carrots, choose the right variety and make sure they are a decent size by halloween.