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growing carrots in containers

Just thinking of sowing some Early Nantes carrot seed in an empty, deep 12/15"  plastic crate in our cold GH. If you have grown them this way I would value your advice.

We have a quite heavy enriched soil, which isn't ideal, so I thought of mixing it with some gravel to help with the drainage.

My OH has always grown the carrots in the past, but they have been to put it kindly - RUBBISH, those that have actually grown have been forked and stunted, partially eaten etc, more miss than hit.

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  • Carrots do well grown in containers. As you realise, it's the soil that's important and, yes, the sandier, the better. Sand or fine grit rather than gravel

    H-C

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,415

    Also - it helps guard against carrot fly if the container's tall enough. Yours sounds ideal GD   image

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Yes and as HC says, sand or fine grit rather than gravel or they will fork.  They will grow in pure sand if you give them a regular liquid feed but I usually grow them in 50/50 sharp sand and used compost.

    Last edited: 06 February 2017 18:48:39

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  • Thanks Bob, Fairy & Hortum.  It seems like I have10/10 for the container, but I will have to try to source some sharp sand or fine grit. The packet says I can plant during Jan/Feb under cloches so I had better get my skates on!

  • LoanaLoana Posts: 427

    Great idea GD i think i may just pinch your idea and try some carrots in containers, we both better get our skates on ?

  • o.k. Loana, I'll post a picture of mine when they germinate and you can do the same, compare notes, and finally taste.  Good Luck!

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,571

    don't be tempted to add much nutrient to the sandy compost mix. It's not only the texture that helps the carrots, but a low food content also reduces the forking - Bob's sand and used compost would be much less effective it was, for example, sand and new compost. Or worst - manure.

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  • Yes raisingirl, it would be no good taking the soil from our veg patch to use for the carrot container, which is probably why my OH's carrots have been such a disaster.  You see we pile the contents of a compost heap on the veg patch every winter, and add quite a bit of manure too, then fork it all down before planting crops such as courgettes, beetroot, squash, lettuce, radish and a few potatoes,

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    Ooh! I'd not thought of container carrots before! I was wondering how to grow some as my soil is rather manure laiden with my over enthusiastic efforts to feed the weeds.

    Now to find a suitable tub... Well I have been meaning a trip ton the antiques quarter...

    Please do let us know how you get on!

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,571
    Clarington says:

    Now to find a suitable tub... Well I have been meaning a trip ton the antiques quarter...

    See original post

     My neighbour grows his in an old bath tub. Seems to work 

    Last edited: 07 February 2017 09:28:22

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
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