Gardening Carrots In Your Raised Bed
loves Carrots! And they are a vegetable that is very easy to grow in a
backyard raised bed garden from seeds, even for a
Because they are easy to grow and a superb source of Vitamin A, growing
organic carrots is an excellent choice in the backyard home garden.
Growing carrots is a great beginners project for kids.
Carrot plants like deep, loose, well-drained soil.
Because you can control your soil in raised-beds, and
they receive little compaction from foot traffic, they are an ideal
place to grow carrots. A pH range of 6.0 to 6.8 should be maintained for
Choosing your carrot seeds
The variety of carrot seeds you choose is crucial to successfully
growing carrots in a raised bed. If your raised bed is 8" high, choose
carrots which grow to be about 6 inches long. You do not want your
carrots to grow longer than the height of your raised bed! This will
make for "ugly" disfigured carrots.
If you want to grow long, straight, slender carrots, you must provide
soft, fertile, well-drained soil so they can stretch
their root downward. If your soil contains too much clay, your carrots
will be short and deformed, and difficult to pull from the ground at
The number one requirement of container vegetable gardening is to
keep your plants well-watered and fertilized. Thoroughly soak the
surface soil as it begins to dry. Good drainage is of utmost
- Plant carrot seeds directly into the soil in the raised
bed. Use a stick to poke small, shallow holes into the soil about 3
inches apart. Carefully place two carrot seeds in each hole and
lightly cover with soil.
- Be sure to keep the soil evenly moist as seeds are
germinating. As the carrot plants continue to grow, be sure to give
them plenty of water. Increase water as your carrots increase in
- Thin your carrot seedlings to three inches apart once the
tops of the carrots get to be about two inches long.
- As the carrots continue to grow, continue thinning out to
give plants more room to grow. As carrots are pulled and eaten, try
to pull every other plant so that more space in left for growing
- About 70 days after the plants germinate from seeds, the
carrots are ready to be pulled. Harvest Time!
- It is okay to sneak-a-peek at the growing carrots.
- Push the topsoil away to check the size of your roots.
- When finger size, the baby carrots can be thinned and
- Remember, pull every other carrot, so the remaining
carrots have plenty of growing room.
- Harvest remaining crop when roots are less than 1 ½ inches
in diameter. Carrots that get too big are not as tasty.
- It's as easy as that to grow carrots in your backyard
raised bed vegetable garden!