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Planting carrots in sand and sawdust 

  Our soil is has lots of clay and it makes any type of tuber grow funny.  This year I decided to try to grow carrots in a custom soil mix.  We are trying two heirloom varieties this year in a section of our 30 foot long grow box.  

We mix our carrot seeds in with dry sand and then pour the sand into the area we want the carrots to grow. The carrot seed is added into a mason jar at one part seeds to 100 parts of sand and mixed thoroughly.   For our purpose we added 1/2 a teaspoon of carrot seeds to 1 cup of sand.  

In the picture below you can see the sand that was applied in a row just over the top of the seed packs.  The one cup of sand and seeds ended up being 10 feet long once applied.   

The first tomato for the year

Soph went out this morning and took this picture of our first tomato to begin turning red.  It is an heirloom variety, Mr Stripey, and is our first year growing it.   It should be ready for picking in a couple more days.  If we like it then we will save some seeds for next year.   

We have three different heirloom varaties that we are growing this year, two of them are new to us.  In addition to the Mr Stripey I’m once again growing the purple Cherokee that I enjoy.   Our other new variety is a yellow pear cherry.  I enjoy the bite size tomatoes but Soph is crazy about them.