[Market-farming] carrot germination

JOHN A HENDRICKSON jhendric at wisc.edu
Mon Sep 19 13:03:28 EDT 2005

This is likely not applicable or efficient at larger
scales but I've had success getting carrot seed to
germinate in the summer by placing boards over my
(admitedly short) rows.  You have to be very careful
to check regularly to see when the seeds begin to
pop so that you can remove the boards in a timely
fashion.  The boards keep the soil cooler and moist.
 I suppose you could even install drip lines and
cover it with boards.  I've just watered in the seed
and then placed the boards on top.  It may sound
rather intensive to add and remove the boards but
the savings in seed costs and the replanting labor
and other costs might make it worthwhile (especially
if the boards were free or very cheap) if you're not
dealing with a large planting.

-John (zone 5 in WI)

----- Original Message -----
From: Mike Hulbert - Anna Carter - Creation Soap
<creationsoap at boone.net>
Date: Monday, September 19, 2005 10:35 am
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] carrot germination

> We too had heat and  no rain here in northwest
lower peninsula of 
> Michiganand had terrible germination since April,
planted 3 times 
> several varieties
> very little germination, any help is appreciated!!
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On Behalf Of
> homegrownwisdom
> Sent: Monday, September 19, 2005 11:36 AM
> To: Market Farming
> Subject: [Market-farming] carrot germination
> Hi Folks,
> I planted two beds of carrots earlier this summer
-- one of 'Kinbi' 
> for a
> Fall harvest and the other of 'Napoli' for our
winter hoophouse 
> harvest.Until yesterday, we have had a drought
here since mid-July. 
> I did my best to
> keep things moist for all our seeds, but evidently
that was not 
> enough,because here we are six weeks later and
very few carrots 
> have germinated.
> The part of the 'Kinbi' bed that is located under
a neighbouring tree
> germinated all right, indicating to me that maybe
I should shade my 
> carrotbeds when they are germinating.
> I'm a complete newbie at germinating carrots
(can't you tell?). I 
> guess it's
> too late to re-seed the 'Napoli' for our winter
harvest. I was REALLY
> looking forward to the taste of "candy carrots"!
> What is your experience trying to germinate
carrots when it's hot and
> there's no rain? Do you give them shade? With what?
> Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
> wendy & fredr'c
> WinterGreens
> Wolfville, Nova Scotia
> Zone 5 << File: ATT00019.txt >> 
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