Let's get growing

11 April 2020

Guy Poskitt, a carrot grower, holding a handful of freshly harvested carrots.

Home grown carrots taste delicious. Whether you prefer them raw, roasted, boiled or in a soup, we've got a step-by-step guide to help children discover the magic of planting and growing.

You will need

  • A clear 2-litre bottle
  • 2-litres of potting compost
  • Carrot seeds (Atlas Mokum, Mini Finger or Parmex work well) 
  • Scissors
  • A pencil


  1. Ask an adult to help you cut off the top of the 2-litre bottle and make some holes in the bottom for any excess water to drain out.
  2. Fill the bottle with potting compost, but leave around 2cm space at the top so that it doesn’t overflow.
  3. Poke three holes around 3cm deep with the pencil, spread apart in a triangle shape.  
  4. Add 4 to 5 carrot seeds in each hole and cover up with compost. Add water to the compost and put the bottle in a sunny spot indoors, or outdoors from April onwards.
  5. Once your carrot seedlings are 3cm tall (after around 2-3 weeks) keep the three strongest seedlings in each corner and remove the rest with scissors.
  6. Keep monitoring your carrots and recording their progress until they have grown (this usually takes around 12 weeks).

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Download a printable carrot diary to record your carrot’s growth, or watch a video of carrots growing at Guy Poskitt’s farm in Yorkshire.