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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Planting Carrots

An article from our  local nursery
Tired of Thinning Carrots?
It just seems so wasteful to discard perfectly healthy plants that could have developed into mature carrots. On our radio show on Saturday we received a couple of great tips from callers on techniques to reduce thinning.
Idea #1- Mix sand and radish seed with your carrots. The sand allows you to spread the seed more thinly and since the radishes mature quickly, when you harvest the radishes your are automatically leaving room for the carrots to grow.

Idea #2- Create your own "seed tape" that automatically spaces the carrot seed to reduce thinning. It also produces a wider row so you get more carrots in a small space. Jon and Eileen stopped by the store and showed us how they do it. All you need is single ply toilet paper, white glue, a toothpick, and carrot seed. Simply dip your toothpick in the glue, touch it to your carrot seed (spread out slightly on the table or a plate), touch it to the toilet paper and let it dry. When you plant, just barely cover the seed with soil until the paper isn't showing. Your seeds will germinate with the right spacing between the plants.


LifeBelowZero said...

Following via Flaunt Your Flowers
Thanks for the inspiration!
Life Below Zero

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Great idea!!

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

love this idea to make your own seed rolls...I might try it with some flowers too.

Thnx for stopping by today.

Blessings Kelsie

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I've planted carrots and radishes together, but I don't think my "carrot tape" would turn out nicely spaced like that one. It would be a crumpled mess. That reminds me, I have some carrots to thin. ;o)

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