I just planted early spring stuff (peas, radishes, carrots, beets, turnips, lettuce, spinach) in a sort of broadcasted manner over part of my bed (not the peas - I was more deliberate with those). There's a light mulch of straw down which I halfheartedly moved aside where I thought seeds might have fallen. So essentially there's still a light mulch of straw down. What I'm wondering is, have I doomed my seeds from the beginning? Should there be no mulch down at all when it's seed-planting time if I'm not doing neat little rows where I can clearly part the mulch and expose the soil? Or is it likely they'll do just fine? Yes, I'm going to do a bit of neat rows as a control, and yes, I could just wait and see how it goes, but if I've just broken a really basic rule of mulching annual vegetables I'd rather know ahead of time and give all the seeds a good chance to make it. Thanks!
In my experience many if not most seeds do better coming up from under a light mulch (thin loose straw being a perfect example) It creates an awesome mirco climate for the. Watch it, because you should always been observing, but I wouldn't be worried at all. Just make sure its thin enough that some light can get through. You can mulch again more heavily if you want once things are 5 or 6 inches out of the ground with some solid true leaves.
Anna, did I read correctly that you broadcast seed onto the mulch? Rather than put light mulch on after broadcasting seeds?
I think the sequence matters and try to get my seeds in contact with the soil, so first broadcast the seeds and then broadcast a light mulch is my preference.
Good question. Straw mulch was already down but I mostly moved it aside before sowing, and also gave any remaining straw a little shake to make sure seeds fell down to touch the soil. Then I put a light covering of straw back over.
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