I have read several articles online about how easy it can be to grow carrots indoors in deep containers, as long as they are given the brightest window you can spare them. Anyone else ever tried this? And if so, what are your experiences with it. The containers i plan on growing them in is 8In. deep, 6In. wide, and 1.5FT long.
i know, i sound like a total nut, lol. We have solid clay soil here, and i have tried to get carrots to grow in it, they end up SO short and stunted, and the roots end up a total mess--and that is, if the critters dont get them all first.
jmc, go with raised beds. I have terrific crops of carrots in my 2 raised pyramids- The 2 top tiers are for carrots and the bottom tier is usually leaf lettuce. That's why they are empty now for the summer. I have mature carrots and a new crop that will be about 6 more weeks until I start pulling.
I would say raised beds or containers outdoors, and I would select a deeper container unless it's a very small. Unless you have a very well lit enclosed porch or greenhouse-type window, I doubt carrots indoors will get enough sun to produce a good root, although the tops will probably do fine.
I grow my carrots in raised beds outdoors and have had alot of success. I start mine around March 15th and plant a new crop every 6-8 weeks all the way untill September 1 (4-5 crops). I harvest carrots up until the middle of December. Carrots are very hardy. They could last a little longer with the right mulch or row cover. They could last all winter sort of just sitting there if you could keep the ground from freezing and were able to pull them out! Of course they wouldnt be gaining any size at those temps.
If raised beds are not an option you could amend the hard clay soil with a ton of sand and dig in organic matter and some straw making sure its all well mixed in down to a depth of at least 10".
A third option is to grow short or finger carrots or the round type.
I also doubt that growing good carrots indoors would work unless you had very deep pots (12-14") and a very high light area. Also carrots need constant moisture or they will crack.
While I haven't tried growing carrots indoors, I do grow a Burpee organic rainbow variety in a big pot outdoors due to crummy clay-based soil and limited space. Not a big, traditional carrot but fun to eat anyway.