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)
- A pencil
- 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.
- Fill the bottle with potting compost, but leave around 2cm space at the top so that it doesn’t overflow.
- Poke three holes around 3cm deep with the pencil, spread apart in a triangle shape.
- 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.
- 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.
- Keep monitoring your carrots and recording their progress until they have grown (this usually takes around 12 weeks).
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.