Sunday, September 16, 2007

container-grown carrots

This spring, I received a free package of carrot seeds as a promotion from a mayonnaise company. I'm an apartment-dweller, and although I'm in a bit of an urban canyon, I have a western exposure and can usually rely on a couple of full-sun hours every day. I've had success in the past growing morning glories, petunias, geraniums, and hibiscus in containers. I had a deep clay pot that I wasn't using, so I planted the seeds in May.


The pot is 13" deep and 14½" in diameter at the top:











So the question is begged: can carrots be container-grown?

Answer: not on my balcony!



I probably didn't water them enough. Of the entire seed packet, I only had two plants make it. Containers are quick to dry out on a balcony -- particularly in an urban environment, with winds whipping around buildings.


Revel in my bountiful carrot harvest!

REVEL IN IT!

15 comments:

Steven said...

So, you have a brown thumb, huh?

Dead Robot said...

My goodness! Look how small your root is.

tornwordo said...

Very nice fruits of your efforts.

Jason said...

ROTFLOL.

1st at this:

"This spring, I received a free package of carrot seeds as a promotion from a mayonnaise company."

2nd: The pic.

Mitzzee said...

i ditto jason's reply. sorry mloyd, but i laughed so hard, you can see the teensy tiny bit of orange to creep out.

Snooze said...

Oh dear god this is hilarious.

The Persian said...

I wish I had a balcony. If I did I could sooo grow a bigger root than u.

Yours kinda looks like a tape worm.

lol

Salem said...

I love how you've laid this out like it's a How-to show.

Very funny

your judgemental aunt said...

your was hair prolly mad about something else orange growing in your apartment so it killed all the carrots it could.

Butchie The Minx said...

The pot is 13" deep and 14½" in diameter at the top

Sounds like Peter's butt.

Phronk said...

I'd still eat it because it was free. Free food always tastes better. ALWAYS.

Adorable said...

How come Butchie and YJA always win the thread?

Miss Thistle said...

We had a veg experiment on the balcony this summer as well. We had a bountiful yield of 3 cherry tomatoes and two green beans. I know, I know...jellus.

Failures included other tomatoes, eggplant, celery, and carrots.

Salem said...

So to wrap up:

There is enough strong sunlight to make our apartments 94 whole comfortable degrees most of the summer, but not enough to grow vegetables.

sirbarrett said...

HA HA! Those look like the patheticm wild, white carrots.