The best place to grow carrots is in the ground, but you can also grow them in a container.
Your seed packet tells you roughly how long it will take for your carrots to germinate and grow. Depending on the weather, it might take 100 days or more for your carrots to reach full size but you can always start eating them before that.
If you don’t have a patch of good garden soil, you can sow your carrot seed in containers filled with container mix from the garden centre. Any container will do but it should be at least 30cm deep with holes for drainage in the bottom. Place your container in the sun and keep up with watering so the potting mix never dries out. Feed with liquid fertiliser every week once the seedlings reach about 5cm tall.
For straight rows of carrots that won’t need much thinning, try Yates Seed Tape. The seed comes already spaced inside the tape so all you need to do is cut it to length, lay it on in your damp, well prepared soil and lightly cover with soil or seed raising mix. You can also use seed tape for growing carrots in containers. You can also use Yates Seed Tape to grow broccoli, radish, beetroot or spring onions.
Colourful fruits and vegetables are nutritional heroes. The plant pigments that give them their lovely bright colours also contain important nutrients for healthy brains and bodies. Scientists say it’s a really good idea to eat as many colours of vegetables and fruits as you can.
Interesting: Orange carrots get their lovely bright colour from beta-carotene. Our bodies turn it into Vitamin A, which we need for healthy eyes, bones, teeth and skin. No other vegetable or fruit contains as much carotene as carrots do.
How come carrots sometimes grow into crazy shapes? This is because something in the soil (a stone or a stick or a piece of bark or a lump of fertiliser) causes the young roots to ‘fork ’ instead of growing straight.
In summer, pesky carrot rust flies lay eggs in the soil next to carrots. When the larvae hatch out they eat tunnels in the carrots. Gardeners outsmart these pests by planting carrots in a different place each year, and planting early and eating carrots small. Also, planting lots of chives or onions around the carrots makes it harder for the flies to find them. Some gardeners keep them out with special insect mesh.
A row of carrot seedlings ready to thin
Freshly pulled carrots grown in a raised garden
Yates Rainbow Team Power Carrots seed packet