Posted: 15/09/2012 at 09:56
Hi everyone, best way to grow carrots is to keep it simple. Get a good size pot or plastic bin with straight sides, (think how long a carrot is then add another two few inches)make a few holes in the bottom for drainage and stand it on some bricks or pebbles how every high u wish just so that water can drain out.
Mix half compost and half garden sand and fill your container leaving a couple of inches at the top and dampen
Make 10mm grooves and put seeds in one every 4inches or scatter sead but very sparingly (less seeds means you wont have to prick out later) and cover lightly with compost. Keep soil moist, if you see two carrots growing together you can take one out or leave them cause one will grow bigger anyway.
If its in spring you can put four sticks around the inside of the container and wrap a layer (about 6inches wide)plastic or fleece around to protect from carrot fly that only flies a couple of feet from the ground, if in summer carrot fly isn't around so no need. Water as needed and check carrot growth by gently moving the soil around the top with your finger to see the shoulder of the carrot, pull up gently as required. Hope this helps.