Grow Carrots in a Bucket at Home
How to Grow your very own Carrots at home in a bucket.
Growing carrots in containers couldn't be easier. There's no need to invest in nursery-grown transplants or to start seeds indoors, and you won't have to worry about weeding or deep tilling or any of the other tasks gardeners have to think about when they grow carrots in the ground.
What Type of Pot or Bucket to Use.
Carrots do best in glazed ceramic, plastic or fabric pots; unglazed terra cotta pots dry out too quickly. You can use just about anything for a container, including old buckets, tubs and bins, as long as it will hold soil and there's a drainage hole in the bottom.
How many Carrots can I grow?
Plan on growing about five carrots for every one gallon of potting soil the container holds. A 5-gallon bucket can house about 25 carrots, while a 1-gallon nursery pot can accommodate only five.
Planting Your Carrots
Fill the container with a 50/50 mixture of high quality potting soil and compost. Both can be purchased by the bag from your local garden center. Don't skimp and buy the cheapest potting soil you can find; as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. Good potting soil makes all the difference when growing vegetables in containers.
Caring for your Growing Carrots
Keep the pot well-watered, especially before germination and while the seedlings are still young. Carrots take a long time to germinate, sometimes two or three weeks.
Ready to Harvest
Your carrots will be ready to harvest about 65 to 80 days after planting. To harvest, simply pull the carrots out of the container, shake off the soil, wash the roots and enjoy.