Are your seeds still in the shoe box?

If they are – then liberate them!

It’s very tempting to keep your seeds in a favourite shoe box, or similar, and enjoy going through them. I do that too.

However, the magic only happens once you put them in the ground.

Just a little effort can change this ….

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into … this

Version 2

And that’s the joy of it.

Planting Carrots:

Carrots do enjoy a fine tilth so when you prepare your carrot bed if your soil tends to be heavy, incorporate some sand. This will make it easier for those roots to grow down without hindrance and ‘forking’. Give the soil a good rake over to remove as many little stones or obstructions as you can.  Those tiny seeds will love you for it.

Save a handful of that sand for when you sow your carrots. Those seeds are really tiny and by adding the seeds to your handful of sand and then sowing them, the seeds are less likely to ‘clump’ and it cuts down on the job of thinning out the seedlings when they pop up.

Another useful tip I find is incorporating some radish seeds in that handful of sand as well, this will help in two ways.  Radish germinate much quicker than carrots so you will soon be reminded of exactly where those precious carrot seeds were planted.  Secondly, as you harvest the little radishes it will automatically help thin out your row of carrots, thereby saving you some work.

Finally, those tiny seeds sit so close to the surface of the soil that during the first days of sowing, make sure you keep the soil moist, and carrots don’t like to be too crowded so it helps to keep the carrot bed well weeded.

Now, I know you can buy carrots cheap enough in the supermarket. So why bother? Let me tell you that the scent of the carrot as you pull it out of the ground at harvest time cannot be beaten. Smells like a carrot should – and so far you have only pulled it out of the ground!  Just wait until you go home and boil them and add a knob of butter.

Take the first step and get out the shoe box.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tootlepedal
    Apr 18, 2016 @ 07:17:31

    All sound advice.

    Reply

  2. cathyandchucky
    Apr 18, 2016 @ 19:53:26

    Oh yum! Fresh carrots in butter 😋

    Reply

  3. kmfinigan
    Apr 19, 2016 @ 14:38:05

    Such great advice! I believe that sowing seeds is so circular, such a theraputic idea that something that comes from the ground will eventually return to it. http://bit.ly/1TXgeY4

    Reply

  4. Jem @ Lost in Utensils
    Apr 20, 2016 @ 09:09:14

    I’m so jealous of those wonderful handfuls of carrots! Great advice for planting. I only do carrots here and there but I think they can be tricky depending on the soil.

    Reply

  5. narf7
    Apr 21, 2016 @ 05:59:31

    Mine are in packets and envelopes in the dairy section of the fridge competing with the cheese and butter for space ;).

    Reply

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