Quick Facts about Carrots
Carrots are nutritionally rich vegetables whose most commonly cultivated species are usually made up of about 88 percent water, 7 percent sugar, 1 percent fibre, protein, ash and 0.2 percent fat in their succulent edible parts. Almost all its body parts are either eaten or used for dishes making. It is a rich vegetable whose most commonly eaten part is the taproot, and the commonly domesticated carrots today is known to have originated from the wild ones called Daucus carouta, which are native to Europe and Southwestern Asia. With its actual plant green in color, carrot grows up to a meter height and bring up bright white flowers between June and August in the Northern Hemisphere Summer. Although the most commonly planted and traded specie is orange in color, they also have species that comes in various colors as purple, red, white and yellow.
There is almost no limit to the use of the vegetable as it can be cooked and eaten in various different ways. They are sometimes mashed, pulped, boiled, pureed, grated, fried, steamed, baked, juiced, eaten raw or stewed. They are a great and very important components of stir-fries and salads, and they also sometimes add to baby and pet foods. They can be deep-fried and dehydrated to chips, powder and flakes, therefore growing carrots indoor could be a really great addition to your food base. Kids especially love to eat them raw as they are fleshy and crunchy. Carrot is majorly rich in vitamin A which is important for night vision, bones teeth and skin, and it almost edible every part including the greens that are eaten as vegetables positioned it among the league of top ten most economically important vegetable crops globally.
Historically traced back to be as old as 5000 years, yet no one knows exactly when the first carrot appeared because it has largely been mistaken for parsnips, a close relative of the plant. However, carrots were first grown as medicine for a variety of ailment rather than food. Carrot is also one of the air purifying houseplant which makes it a great addition to your home. Heads up, consumption of too much carrot causes a medical condition called carotenemia (a situation characterized with yellowing of the skin) but the situation can be reduced by reducing carrots intake.
How to grow indoor carrot
Growing carrots indoor can both be interesting and fun. Their many different species makes it easy to be grown almost everywhere. While it could be grown outdoor for 9 months, it is possible to grow indoor carrot for an entire year. Growing carrots indoor will take less than 15 minutes to set up and will generally cost you less than ten dollars. Although you could find different methods of growing carrots indoor from different writers, the below method is easy, inexpensive and grinds out comfortable steps out for you to follow;
Gathering growing materials
This is usually an easy and a very cheap thing to do. You basically need to fix six materials up and these include a 2-litres empty bottle, scissors or knife, a bag of organic seed starting Jiffy-Mix or other seed starting equivalent, a water container, and a cup for watering the plant. This is usually followed by a step in making the bottle.
The upper part of the bottle is cut off to remove the bottleneck, but before this is done, the bottle must have been rinsed thoroughly with hot water to get rid of any harmful substances that could affect the growth of the vegetable. You could create some dotted marker on the bottle to make cutting through it every easy but it’s really not necessary.
Creating drainage channel
Because the planting soil has to be drained such that it wouldn’t be waterlogged, you have to poke drainage holes in the bottle. You could do this using a knife or a pair of scissors. If you successfully make the holes, you are then sure excess water could always drain out of the planting medium without the soil exiting the bottle. The holes doesn’t necessarily have to be too big in as much as they could drain off water.
Soiling and seeding
After you have made the bottle or any planting container to desired structure to house soil and allow drainage, the next thing to do is pour your soil (organic seed starting jiffy-mix) in the bottle to fill it to about an inch from the top. Now the medium is ready for the seed. You would need to create holes of about 1/8 inch deep and about 2 inches apart in the soil by poking it with your finger. You will then insert a seed per hole and fill in each hole with soil to have the seeds covered.
Watering the plant
Noting that water may seep through the soil very quickly during first watering exercise, you might therefore want to water it over the sink a couple of time until the soil begins to become saturated. However before watering the seed, you must set the planting bottle (2 liter bottle) in a new container that will catch water that seeps out of the planting bottle. Subsequently, water the seed to saturation without flooding it. This is to mean that the soil must not have standing water on top of it, but it must be quite moist.
Afterwards, put the planting container in a corner to access sunlight for at least 6 hours per day to ensure maximum growth. The moment the seedling emerged, less watering is required. The container that catches the water that seeps out of the planting container has to be emptied regularly
Waiting and harvesting
Depending on the carrot variety, it might take two to two and a half month to harvest but the wait is worth it if the plant has been well catered for with enough watering routine. You are finally having your vegetable ready to be used in any way of your choice among the many available.