Carrots & Tomatoes

jwr6404(8B Wa)February 27, 2011

Wanting some opinions from you folks in GW Land. I plant Tomatoes in Large(20gl) Pots every year. I'm considering planting carrot seeds in with the Tomato plant at the same time I transplant tomato to pot. Good idea Bad idea? If a good idea any recommendations for Carrot variety. One reason for planting carrots was to provide a little shade for the Tomato roots with the added benefit of a few tasty carrots.

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

You have to keep in mind the 2 primary problems with growing in containers - providing consistent moisture and providing consistent nutrient levels throughout the season. Adding additional crops to a containers can change those demands.

Two crops with the same nutrient and water requirements, assuming sufficient room in the container, should be no problem. But crops with different nutrient and water needs, crops that will compete with each other, is a problem and can be detrimental to both.

As a general rule, blooming/fruiting crops have different nutrient and water needs - both in amounts and timing - than root crops do so carrots wouldn't be my first choice. But the best way to learn is to give it a try and discover if it works for you or not.

Many grow basil in with their tomatoes or marigolds or leafy greens like lettuce or spinach or even a bush pickling cuke.

Just some thoughts to consider.


    Bookmark   February 27, 2011 at 4:12PM
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jwr6404(8B Wa)

Thanks Dave
Will forgo the Tomatoes & carrots together in a Pot.Here in my area of the PNW Pots do very well as we have ample Rain and will usually have only 1 day above 90. Some years we will suffer from extreme Heatwave with 2 days above 90 degrees in a year.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2011 at 8:18PM
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I can grow just about anything in my veggie garden except carrots. Why? The soil is a bit heavy with clay and I don't add much to it, but for many years I've tried and tried. Think I'll give a container a shot. Any suggestions on soil mix and kind of container?

Here is a link that might be useful: Choosing gardening tools

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 4:43PM
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AliceMae, you might want to try round carrots--these are sold under different names, such as Paris Market. They are really round! They grew better for me, though you do have to want small carrots.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 5:21PM
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