How to Grow Carrots in Planters

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Growing carrots in planters requires the proper amount of nurturing and care. Find out how to grow carrots in planters with help from the owner of a nursery in this free video clip.

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Hey, all you in garden land. This is Oscar Carmona, owner of Healing Grounds Bio-dynamic Nursery here in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. I'm here to talk to you today about how to transplant carrots into a garden bed. Carrots like beets and most root crops are easily sown from seed directly planted into your garden. But they can be transplanted unlike what most people think. With care and some nurturing and making sure that you do just a couple of important things when you do transplant to pretty much insure success. The first thing that you want to do when you get your carrots and these are carrots Chantenays. They're a smaller carrot that grow well in containers. And they do grow well next to beets. So I'm going to plant these in and around beets that I've already planted and some carrots as well. And I'm very carefully separating these plants so that I have a pretty much in tact root system, taking a poking that finger in, setting that carrot and then making sure that I bury it and I'll show you here. Here's the root zone, the root zone here and then the point at which the root meets the plant itself is called the crown of the plant. So you want to make sure that you plant to the crown itself and not below or expose the root system by planting to high. And again I like to use my forefinger and my thumb on each hand and I basically put them at the base of the plant and push down. And then I take and I level out the soil to make sure that I have even soil around all the plants, giving them equal treatment. And when you plant those with your finger, your forefinger and thumb like that your plant will insert upright and stay upright. Again, I'm carefully removing, separating the plants, not to tear the root systems. Poke a hole, drop plant in the hole with the roots, forefinger and thumb, press down and do it again. It's around two to four inches apart, just like the beets. And I'll do a couple more. Then I'm going to take my water, my hose with a nice fine rose handle, and I'm going to gently gently saturate the space, the water around, the soil around the plants, taking care not to wash them or force them with the water, harsh watering force to bend over and actually stress out more. I'm just really wanting to see the water saturate into the soil. And you can see slowly it's starting to, it pools. You don't really want a lake in here. And then you watch it slowly, slowly penetrate. As the soil absorbs more water this is going to happen a lot quicker. So that's how you sort of know. And then ultimately you want to see the water coming out the bottom of the container and that's how you know that the water has gotten through the hole and the whole column of the soil. So once you've gotten enough water in there and I think I do now, you basically just make sure that the plants aren't baking in the super hot sun or a super windy wind that's maybe whipping around on a fall day like we're having here today. That's why I have these transplanted in the greenhouse and that way that the wind will not be as much of a factor today. I'm Oscar Carmona, owner of Healing Grounds Certified Bio-dynamic Nursery located in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. Feed the soil and let the plants feed you.

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