I did a bit of searching, and while I discovered a few things, I didn't easily find any existing topics on this subject. I hope a thread will be fruitful for later seekers.
My daughter is gung ho about growing carrots, so I want to encourage her. But I don't have room in my small garden plan. So, I'm hoping to instead grow her carrots in a bunch of five gallon pails I've got sitting around, originally purposed for fall broccoli years back. They are about 12" wide and 16" tall I'm fairly confident that we can produce some sort of passable carrot crop using these.
I have very little experience growing vegetables in containers. Here are my questions:
Is this plan doomed? Search results suggest it is not, but I'm open to other opinions. I'm interested in success, not a dashed hope.
What varieties of carrots are know to do well in less vertical space? Should I stick to shorter carrots, say 6"? Might stricter thinning than normal be desired, because of the shorter than natural vertical space for roots?
Any recommendations about the desired mix? I do know good drainage is a strong factor.
After how long should fertilizing begin, and then at what rate and amount? What nutrients are particularly important for carrots?
Should this be successful, and since carrots are year round here, at what interval would it be better for me to empty the pots and start over?