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easy way to plant carrots

Easy way to plant carrots

Are you looking for an easy way to plant carrots?  If you are like me you dislike the task of trying to shake out those tiny seeds in an orderly fashion.  Even worse yet is trying to handle them one at a time!  It is very frustrating and very time consuming.  But there is an easy way to plant carrots.

Mix 100 parts sand to one part seeds

We mix our carrot seeds in with dry sand and then pour the sand into the area we want the carrots to grow. One cup of sand leaves enough room in a int sized mason jar to shake and mix in the seeds.

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.

easy way to plant carrots using a jar and sand
easy way to plant carrots using a jar and sand

A better way of growing carrots if you have heavy clay soil

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. The custom soil mix is two parts sawdust mixed with one part sand.  This custom soil will not compact around the carrot as it grows like would happen with clay.  You will see straight carrots with no deformity caused by the carrot growing around the clay.

We are trying two heirloom varieties this year in a section of our 30 foot long grow box.  They are Scarlet Nantes and the Imperator heirloom carrots.

Watch the video

And here is a follow on video that shows the results.  We didn’t thin them out like we should have done but are still enjoying carrots.

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.