Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sowing Carrots

On someone's blog somewhere, I saw a terrific idea for sowing tiny seeds. I would like to give the person credit, so if someone out there has seen this idea on another blog, please let me know. On this blog, the person showed how to make her own seed strips. I decided to try this idea out myself.
[Update:  The idea comes from Annie's Granny's website.  You should totally check her out.  She's definitely a gardening goddess! I steal ideas only from the best gardeners ; )  ]

First I place dots on a napkin with a marker about an inch an a half apart.

Then I placed tiny dots of non-toxic, washable glue on each marker spot.

I used a screw to pick up small amounts of seed since I didn't have any toothpicks. I dipped the screw in a little glue to help the seeds stick to it.

Finally, I placed 2-3 seeds on each dot.

I'll let the seed mat dry and sometime next week, I'll place the mat in my garden and water thoroughly.  I'll keep you posted on how this works out.  It will be nice not to have to waste so much seed and not to have to thin out the carrots.


  1. That's awesome, thanks for sharing! Imma try it too! Let us know how it works... when are you planting? I'm in indy too :)

  2. I look forward to your results! Are you putting any soil over the seed mat?

  3. Reiki: It's great to have another Hoosier here. I'll plant next weekend, probably. I have a crazy busy week at work this week. I have a couple more mats to make with carrots and some lettuces before I plant.

    Rachel: The instructions on the carrot seed pack said to surface sow the carrots, but I have always planted them in shallow furrows. I think that I'l experiment by just laying one mat on the surface and watering it in well and sprinkling a light covering of soil over a different mat.

  4. I know Annie's Granny did a similar thing, because that's where I got the idea! I bought some very thin tissue and some glue, and then I forget and sowed the seeds the normal way. maybe I'll try it next year!

  5. This is fantastic! Great timing too as I am just planning my fall garden :) Thanks so much! I am definitely going to try this.

    Love your blog by the way- I found you on blotanical.


  6. great idea! I know when I posted about carrots someone put the link to the original post in the comments. I look forward to reading how it turns out.

  7. Ohhh, I would also like to know how this turns out. Like The Idiot Gardener said, I've seen something similar on Annie's Granny's blog. I think it worked out really well for her. Very ingenious of you to substitute a screw for a toothpick!

  8. 3D wind spinner

    I'm glad i found this site.u have a great idea.. hope you can help me how to plant more a veges


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