Indoor Growing Part 4: Carrots
With snow like we have gotten in the last 24 hours, it’s hard to imagine having fresh carrots for your dinner table, but it is possible! Continuing with our Indoor Growing series, carrots can be a great addition to your indoor garden.
When selecting your carrot seeds, it is best to look for varieties that are smaller and take less time to mature. Varieties like Little Fingers, which are like baby carrots, only take 57 days from the time you sow the seeds to harvest, while larger carrots like Royal Chantenay take 70 days to grow.
To grow carrots, you will need a larger pot, one that is at least a foot and a half deep and wide that has drainage. Again, like with our other indoor crops, fill the pot with a potting mix leaving an inch lip at the top. Water the soil, making a moist environment to plant the seeds in.
Plant your carrot seeds by placing them about one inch apart from each other, in rows that are six inches apart. Press the seeds into the wet soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil. Water once again, and then place the pot in a very sunny window. Much like with growing micro greens, herbs and anything from seed, be sure to keep your soil moist but not soaked. You can even add peat moss to the top of your pot to help retain moisture in the soil.
The seeds should germinate in about two weeks. You will want to watch the carrots as they grow, and once they are about ¾ of an inch in diameter at the top, they are ready to be harvested. If you can’t see the tops of the carrots, simply brush aside some of the soil until you can. To harvest them, simply pull them up by the stem, much like you would a weed. Once you have pulled out the carrot, remove the stem and rinse off any soil before storing them.