Hi I am a newbie to this forum and I am also fairly new to growing my
own Veg. Moved house a year ago to an acre Garden where I have now my
own veg plot with raised beds. I am having trouble with Carrots getting
them to sprout from seed. I have tried watering drill before put seed
down, I have tried putting the seed in a drill then watering however
the little blighters dosen't want to grow. I have also tried a couple
of different seed packets although to be fair one of them was not this
years seed but a packet that had been used by my Dad. What am I doing
wrong? Lettece is ok Radish is ok Beetroot is ok etc.
Try clearing off all detritus so that you only have raw soil to work
with (alfalfa pellets, bone meal, rock phosphate, wood ashes, manure,
ect. are fine, just no leaves, grass clippings, or mulch). Barely cover
seeds with dirt, and use fine spray to keep damp. Carrots should be
along in a few weeks (it seems like forever).
There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who
Sprinkle your seeds on well prepared soil, moisten with a very fine mist
spray and cover with a board. Start checking for germination after about a
week. When germination is noted remove the board and keep weeded until well
established. Carrots are slow to germinate and easily out competed by other
I have found that in my warm climate that I have the best luck if I
cover my carrot seeds checking carefully ever day at the edge to see
if sprouting has occurred. The best cover material for me are:
1. Burlap - old fashioned potato sack material.
2. If not burlap, about 4 thicknesses of newspaper
Keep either of these wet until seeds sprout. Either one will keep the
soil moist and the cover will keep the seeds from being disrupted
Hope this works for you.
Regards Jim in So. Calif.
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