Rainbow Blend Carrot Seeds Planted in Greenstalk - June 2024

Yesterday, I posted a photo of our first broccoli crown that has emerged and talked about our vertical vegetable garden container called a Greenstalk.  I put six Lieutenant Broccoli plants in one of the deeper rows in the middle of the tower.  In this earlier post, I covered a few of the other things in the vertical garden including herbs and a bell pepper plant.  In a few of the rows/levels, I also planted some Zinnia seeds as cut flowers, but that left one deep row (third from the bottom) empty.  

Because it is one of the deeper Greenstalk levels, I thought we'd try something new (to us) in container gardening:  carrots.  In our previous, raised-bed garden in Elmhurst, we grew plenty of carrots from seeds.  My problem was NEVER getting the seeds to germinate, my problem was always in thin-ing them out enough to grow good-sized carrots.  Here's a post about the time I used carrot tape (went very well) and here's a series of posts from 2012 that shows the Touchon carrot seeds from that year:  Seeds, thin'ing, and harvesting

The kids received this package of 'Rainbow Blend' Carrot seeds from Home Depot when we did one of those Saturday morning projects, so since we had them on-hand already, it was an easy decision to plant these in the Greenstalk.  We planted three-to-four seeds per pocket; with the thought that we'd thin them out to (probably) two per pocket.  See below for the seeds:

Rainbow Blend Carrot Seeds Planted in Greenstalk

Because we scattered ALL of the seeds and I'm going to thin-out to just the strongest seedlings, I'm thinking we might discover which of the colors in this seed packet are the most viable - orange, red, yellow, purple, etc.  

This listing says to expect between 65 and 75 days until maturity, so that puts us at/around mid-August for harvest time - but I suspect they'll go longer.


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