[Market-farming] transplanting carrots

Beth Spaugh lists at rhomestead.com
Fri Feb 6 11:20:14 EST 2009

I know folks transplant beets. I wonder if anyone has had success
transplanting carrots. I have seeded them in the hoophouse in February with
June harvest. They were great, and the CSA loved having carrots early. So, I
wonder about getting earlier harvests outside too?


I tried presprouting and suspending in a cornstarch gel to get an earlier
start. Could see it had potential, but I still had trouble spacing them out
enough, and it would take quite a few ziplocks of them to seed enough for a
100 share CSA harvest. I did learn you have to cover the cornstarch and seed
well or the cornstarch will dry out and encrust the seed. But that would get
them germinated earlier.


Beth Spaugh

Rehoboth Homestead, Peru, NY

Farm Fresh Food Club CSA - http://rhomestead.com <http://rhomestead.com/> 

Garden fresh vegetables, organically grown, and pastured chicken, duck, and


"How we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used." -
Wendell Berry


"Without power over our food, any notion of democracy is empty." - Frances
Moore Lappe


From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Marcy
Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2009 10:20 PM
To: 'Market Farming'
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Pinpoint seeder


Beth and Allan, I appreciate your feedback.

I have custody of a neighbor's old Planet Jr.   He doesn't use it but
doesn't want to sell it  :-) 

Maybe I'll work with it more on small seeds. I've had a tough time with it
but I'm not very patient with things like that and after reading the whole
process to change seed size I don't think I'd do any better with the
pinpoint.  And my hoophouse soil is FAR from perfect!  Especially after I
had my neighbor take his skid-steer tiller through it last spring to work in
the wheat grass cover - way too deep and we lost all the nice soil we'd been
working on. 

I'll be more cognizant of what seed I'm planting (last year's lettuce vs
this year's seed makes a huge difference in germination).  Maybe do more
transplants for nice head spacing too. I was thinking about carrots, beets,
chard, radish, all my herbs, but once we get the soil better the spacing
will do better too. I like your suggestion about rolling the soil Allan and
we'll try a barrel.  Got rid of an old sod roller that must have weighed
300#. We could hardly move the thing. No clue what they did with it.  

Since I've got boys that love to use their knives I think we'll stick with
that for harvesting - this year anyway.

THANKS again!  I'm glad I checked as I'm sure I'd end up with both technical
and personality issues!



From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Beth Spaugh
Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2009 11:01 AM
To: 'Market Farming'
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Pinpoint seeder


I don't like mine. Johnny's offered for me to send it back for them to work
on but I haven't rounded up a large enough sturdy box yet. Apparently they
have made some adjustments since I got mine 3 years ago. I was going to take
it to the NOFA conference for them to take back, but ended up not going, so.


The technical issues - 1) the soil tends to build up behind the roller and
the seeds don't come out. It may work well in a perfect soil at a perfect
moisture level. I have sandy soil in my hoophouse and it doesn't not work
well unless quite wet. 

2) The belts pop off and aren't real noticeable, so you don't realize you
are not sowing seeds.

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