[Market-farming] carrot germination

marcy marcy at aculink.net
Mon Sep 19 22:42:19 EDT 2005

I've NEVER had much success with carrots till this year. I put in T-Tape on
the entire garden and I'm guessing I had 120% germination on my carrots. As
Ken Bezilla mentioned in an earlier post, I ran the drip every day - mid-day
for an hour or so to keep the soil moist until they germinated (along with
thousands of elm seedlings in among all the carrots and everything else).
It sure sold me on the tape/drip!!!
I'm guessing the shady area stayed more moist and that's why you had better
germination there. IMHO you don't need to mess with shade as long as you can
keep it moist each day.
SE Colorado zone 5
----- Original Message -----
From: "homegrownwisdom" <homegrownwisdom at ns.sympatico.ca>
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2005 9:36 AM
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
> 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 carrot
> beds when they are germinating.
> I'm a complete newbie at germinating carrots (can't you tell?). I guess
> 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


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