Broadcast and Cover Carrot and Onion Seeds?

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  1. gilberte

    gilberte Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We plant our carrots in a raised wide row of about three feet wide. Then we put the carrot seeds in an old spice bottle with a shaker top. Put a teaspoon or so of sand in with the seeds, mix, and then just shake over the row. Cover them up by just pulling a light cover of soil up from the side of the row with a rake.

    Never tried onions like this (we start ours indoors in Feb.) but I bet it would work in the right growing zone.
     
  2. dheat

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    gilberte,

    thanks for the input. Curious: why the tsp of sand?

    Thanks again,

    Doug
     

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    gilberte Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It helps with spacing the seed out a little better.
     
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    WisJim Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Doug--what part of the country are youlacated in --that could make a difference.

    We always broadcast our carrot seed in wide rows, then sprinkle on some radish seeds as a marker as the plants come up, cover with an old bedsheet to help retain moisture--we want the soil damp continuously until the carrots are up.

    Onion seed I always start inside, and transplant in wide rows, to avoid the tedious job of weeding around sprouting onions. Using transplants, even though they look like tiny grass sprouts, means that by the time it is necessary to weed them, they have gotten bigger than the weeds and are more easilyl identified as onions.
     
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    The problem I have found with broadcasting carrot seeds is any time saved with it, is lost when it come times to thin them. i use a 4 foot wide bed with 7 rows of carrots going long ways. Easier to thin.
    In zone 5 we start onions inside in february and put out in April.
     
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    gilberte Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We don't bother to thin the carrots and we always get more than we can use from a single packet.