Look at this beautiful bunch of carrots. I bought it at the farmers' market a couple of weeks ago.
See these pathetic little things? I grew them.
I wanted to see if I could grow carrots in containers. These are the little carrot plants before I thinned them last spring. Unfortunately I don't have containers deep enough for what these carrots needed. And I purposely planted a variety of carrots designed to be short and stubby, like baby carrot, so I expected small carrots, but not microscopic ones that look like toothpicks!
I did harvest a few that were a somewhat decent size (compared to the little nubbins in the first few photos), but overall, I consider this a garden fail because of the vast number of microscopic ones that came out. I have found some carrots that are designed to grow in containers, but I don't know if I want to try it again this season. If I ever have more land, I'll definitely try growing them properly in the ground.
There is a happy ending to this sad carrot tale. I took the itty bitty carrot nubbins to the animal shelter on my volunteer night and gave the shelter bunnies a little treat.
I know some of you grow carrots. Have you ever grown them in containers with better results than these? What variety do you grow?