Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Testing Carrot Seed Tape
Anyway, spring is a great time to experiment, because you are busy putting all the lovely new plants in the ground. I'm running a couple of experiments this year, and I'll keep you updated on their progress.
The first one is using seed tape to start my carrots. Normally, I just sprinkle carrot seeds across a raised bed that I have and let them grow in a random sort of way. It generally works, except they really need to be thinned, and I'm really bad at making myself do that. So, I often wind up with stunted carrots and less yield weight-wise than I would have normally.
Longing for a beautiful, long row of well-spaced carrots, I bought some seed tape. It's kind of ridiculously expensive, costing I think $3.49 for about a row and a half of carrot seeds. But the beauty is, you prepare your soil, dig a furrow, and lay the tape in and cover it. Ideally, the tissue-like paper will biodegrade, the seeds will sprout, and you will have a perfectly-spaced row of carrots.
That's the plan. I just put some carrot tape in the ground this weekend, so it's too early for any sprouting. But I'm hoping this gives me a nice load of robust carrots we can enjoy this summer and freeze for winter.
I'll keep you posted.
Posted by Jennifer Lorenzetti at 3:04 PM