[Market-farming] transplanting carrots

Shawnee Flowerfarmer farmingflowers at hotmail.com
Fri Feb 6 12:35:50 EST 2009

Beth-would you explain the "cornstarch gel" method that you mention below?  I haven't heard about this.
I have been most successful germinating carrot seed by sowing them along side drip tape in a shallow trench.
Shawnee, zone 5

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Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 11:20:14 -0500
Subject: [Market-farming] transplanting carrots

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

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


"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

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[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  J 

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!



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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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