In today’s video blog we will look at how to grow a carrot variety that look like beets. It’s called the Romeo carrots and they are very easy to grow in your home garden. We got our seeds from Renee’s Garden and these baby gourmet carrots are perfect for container growing as they don’t need deeply prepared soil like other carrot root crops. Romeo carrots thrive well when they are planted during spring or fall. We planted ours in fall for a winter harvest.
Romeo carrots look like beets and are very crunchy and delicious. We grew the carrots in this whiskey barrel container that had some existing potting mix, we added a handful of worm castings to replenish the soil before sowing seeds. We usually water the container before sowing seeds, the seeds are very small so we randomly scattered the seeds on the surface of the soil. You don’t want to crowd all the seeds in one place so just spread it out as much as you can and you can thin them out once the seedlings emerge. Once you have sowed the seeds, add straw mulch to the container, straw has a tacking agent which gets activated when it’s moist which helps keep the seeds in place.
30 days since sowing you can start thinning the seedlings so the carrots have sufficient space to grow and form roots. Our soil already had enough nutrients so we didn’t add any fertilizer or amendments to the soil at this stage. However, if you feel your potting mix is not rich enough you can add some vegetable or tomato fertilizer like the one pictured below around this time. You need a nice sunny spot for growing these carrots and since this is an early maturing variety you can expect to start harvesting as early as 91 days since sowing.
Romeo carrots grow in bunches and you can harvest many carrots from a small whiskey barrel sized container. They take up less space compared to the regular carrots and also mature quicker than the other carrot varieties. We were also growing Romeo carrots in raised beds and we didn’t any difference in the yield from containers vs raised beds. Romeo carrots are an absolute joy to grow in your home garden and here’s a picture of our harvest.
Watch our growing guide video at Growing Carrots – How to Grow Romeo Carrots In Your Garden