Sunday, March 9, 2008

Autumn Plantings

Managed to get the carrot and onion seeds in this afternoon. I have never had much success with carrots, but hopefully this year will be different. In other years, the seedlings have been swamped by weeds. I have spend about a month preparing this bed - clearing off the mulch, watering and giving the remaining seed bank a chance to germinate, then raking the weed seedlings back in.

Prior to putting the seeds in, I soaked them for a day in damp compost and seaweed to give them a bit of a head start. I have planted Red Cored Chantenays in the bed closest, and Denvers at the back. The onions sprinkled thorough the mix are Gladalans with a small amount of Creamgolds from an out of date packet thrown just in case they were still ok.

It all feels a bit hard to judge how much seed to use. If all goes well, there should be about 5 square meters of Chantenays and 3 1/2 square meters of Denvers.

The beds are covered with shade cloth to keep them from drying out. I expect they will need watering twice a day for the next couple of weeks until they germinate. Will let you know how they go........


Melissa said...

Ohhh. That looks great! I'll be keen to follow your progress. I've put some in but typical me - not very successful. When I get out of my doldrums I'll post to let you know.

The Duck Herder said...

Hi Melissa

Good luck with your carrot patch too! I had a little check under the covers last night - and for a patch of carrot seeds, there seems to be a aweful lot of silver beet coming up! :o)