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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom


Carrot Baskets

Each student needs:

  • untrimmed, plump carrots with leaf stalks still attached.
  • vegetable peeler
  • toothpicks
  • string


  1. Cut the carrots from the leaf stalks, and trim the leaves from the stalks so that only the stalks and a one-inch cap remain on each one.
  2. Use the pointed end of a vegetable peeler to carve out the center sections of the carrot caps. This will be the water hole.
  3. Discuss safety rules by showing what safety procedures you followed as you prepared the carrot caps.
  4. Show the students how to place the toothpicks opposite one another in the sides of the carrot caps. Explain safety rules for using the toothpicks.
  5. Have students tie one of the strings to each of the toothpicks to make a hanging basket. The strings shoud be tied at a central meeting point to make a stronger holder.
  6. Hang all the baskets in a sunny window, and have students keep water in the hollowed out carrot caps until new leaves appear.