I decided to kick off my 2013 Cool Season Garden by planting carrot seeds. As I researched everything I could about how to grow carrots from seed, I couldn’t help but feel a bit like the little boy in the classic children’s book The Carrot Seed:
A little boy planted a carrot seed.
His mother said, “I’m afraid it won’t come up.”
His father said, “I’m afraid it won’t come up.”
His brother said, “It won’t come up.”
Every day the little boy pulled up the weeds around the seed and sprinkled the ground with water.
But nothing came up.
And nothing came up.
Everyone kept saying it wouldn’t come up.
But he still pulled up the weeds around it every day and sprinkled the ground with water.
A carrot came up
Just as the little boy had known it would.
To ready the seed bed, I added some ashes from our wood burning fireplace because according to How To Grow Stuff, “the extra potassium will boost your crop.” I planted Danvers carrot seed from a local seed supplier and when I opened the bag, was astounded to find such tiny seeds! I could suddenly see why the little boy’s family was so skeptical!
I was careful to rake the seed bed and clear it of any big rocks or clumps of soil that would impede the growth of straight carrots. I scattered the tiny seeds into 4 rows, 12 inches apart so that I’d have room to plant another 4 rows in a couple of weeks. I very gently, yet firmly, covered each row with as little soil as possible so the tender seedlings from those tiny seeds would have a chance of breaking through.
After I misted the bed, all that was left was to wait for 2-3 weeks to see if my carrot seeds come up like the little boy’s did. Smoky, one of our miniature horses seen just outside the fence in the picture above, appears to be hoping they will, too!