Carrots are very versatile. This is because you can enjoy them cooked or even raw. Carrots can make delicious cooked dishes. It can also be a nice snack that you can munch on, which is actually better than chips. Carrots are high in vitamins and minerals that will promote good health. So if you want to make sure that you will always have fresh and crisp carrots at home, here are the ways that you can do, in order to grow them at home.
The nice thing about carrots is that you do not always need to have a large lawn or garden to grow them. If you have deep pots at home, you can already use that to plant carrots.
Here are the ways on how to grow carrots at home in pots:
Choose Your Carrots
Since you are growing carrots in pots, it means that you might want to choose a variety that does not grow too much. Check this type of variety from a local nursery or from an online retailer of vegetable seeds.
Choosing Your Container
You can buy containers from garden supply stores that is deep enough to hold carrots, and has holes, so that it will drain the excess water. When you have already chosen your container, clean them and make sure it is free from any bacteria from dust or from a previous soil (in case you have already used this container already).
Preparing The Soil
Make sure that your soil is loose. This will help the roots grow as far as it can. You must also mix your garden soil wit compost or perlite to make sure that your soil will have enough nutrients to produce healthy carrots.
Pour the soil into your container, but leave at least an inch of empty space above. Create tiny holes, big enough to fit the seeds of the carrots. Make sure that the holes are at least 3 inches apart.
Water your carrots daily to ensure that the soil is moistened. Make sure that excess water will drain, because if the water sits inside the container, it will stop the carrots from growing, and possibly kill them as well. Once your carrots are starting to grow, there is a tendency for the top to be exposed. If this happens, make sure to cover it with more garden soil. Because if not, the top part will be stiff and become inedible.
Normally, you can harvest carrots two months after you have planted them. But this will still depend on the type of carrot that you planted. You might want to check on the packet for this. But as a general rule, if you want your carrots to be sweet to the bite, then you might want to harvest them at the earliest time possible.
These are the different ways that you can do, if you want to grow carrots at home, inside individual pots for your own consumption.
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