Planting carrots using seed tape will help make sure that they are spaced just the way that they need to be. Plant carrots using seed tape with help from a longtime and experienced gardener in this free video clip.
I'm Kathy Martin, author of the Blog, Skippy’s Vegetable Garden, a journal of my sustainable garden. I'm here in my backyard in Belmont, Massachusetts. To make my own seed tape, I've used paper towels, cut them into strips. As a glue, I'm using cornstarch and water, instead of cornstarch, another glue that you can use is Elmer's glue, which is a non-toxic glue. What I'm going to do is, to get some seed into my hand here, I'm going to use a Q-Tip to dab some cornstarch onto the paper towel. Give a bunch of spots here and then, get the seed onto the cornstarch. I'm doing about three spots and then, adding the seeds. This is a great project to do with the with your family, with kids, so a project you can also do in the winter time. Let's get some seeds in this spot down here. So, the idea here is that the seeds are all spaced out nicely and they're going to come up with the proper distance for carrots. We're not going to be wasting seed by having to thin a lot of seeds. The paper towels pull the moisture out and they dry pretty quickly. I then, have been folding them over to give it a little bit more protection and that is a piece of seed tape. So, now, I've moved to the garden and I'm ready to plant the seed tape. Carrots like a porous soil, so I'm just going to plant right into unamended soil, no compost added, no fertilizer. If you add a lot of compost or fertilizer, you get a lot of, you get hairy carrot roots. So, what I'm doing here, is I'm using the shovel as a marker to keep my rows straight. I'm going draw a furrow and I'm going to lay the seed tape into the furrow. There's one tape there and another tape here, then it just gets covered up, easy as that. As the plant sprouts, the paper towels will degrade. I'm going to label that, these were Nelson carrots and put my label in. It's also important to have the carrots planted in full sun, carrots like full sun and porous soil. Once they're planted, they need to be watered and for carrots to sprout, they need to be kept wet the entire germination period, which can be up to two weeks. So, that's one of the tough things with carrots, make sure the seeds stay wet as they're germinating. I'm Kathy Martin, author of the Blog, Skippy’s Vegetable Garden, a journal of my sustainable garden. Enjoy your sustainable garden and grow some healthy vegetables.