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Planting carrots

 
Casie Becker
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I took inspiration from this thread https://permies.com/t/55730/plants-sow-wood-chips-cover when I planted my carrots this fall. Despite knowing the soil was still much too hot for germinating, I dug tiny furrows (basically dragged my finger in a line) and then sprinkled the seeds where I wanted them to grow. Then, instead of watering I just waited for the fall rains to come. Several weeks later, I planted fava beans in the same bed and put a light coating of well aged wood chips on the bed. I hadn't entirely given up hope even though it was taking a long time, so I left space for the carrots when I planted the beans.

The last week of November we finally had a group of cold days combined with a soaking rain. Beyond just hydrating the soil, it also lowered the ground temperature. This week, beside the two rows of favas, I have two rows of carrot seedlings sprouting. Beyond spreading the seeds I gave the carrots no extra attention. Since I spot watered the favas as they sprouted (rather than spraying the whole bed) I don't think they even received supplemental irrigation. These are the red carrots developed for subsistent farming in India, so I have high hopes that they well thrive as a minimal work crop from this point. It gets me fantasizing about saving my own carrot seed in a couple of years. I've got my fingers crossed.
 
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That reminds me of the year I did dry beans, beets, and parsnips. They all liked different weather and therefore in one planting each had their moment of glory throughout the season.
 
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