How to plant carrots without thinning
The process of thinning vegetables on the beds is laborious and often ends with tearing out young seedlings and the loss of a potential crop. Nevertheless, this action is necessary, since thinned vegetables produce good quality crops. There are several ways to plant carrots, so as not to thin out it during the growing process.
How to plant carrots without thinning
The most preferred option to sow carrots is to do this with a hand seeder. These mechanized devices help to plant seeds, deepening them in open soil at a given distance, thanks to:
- furrows in front forming a furrow,
- dosing of seeds falling out of the holes,
- the presence of a smooth wheel at the back that levels and rams the ridge.
The process of sowing the planted area using hand seeders is 5-10 times faster than other methods of sowing.
Manual devices for sowing seeds ensure the rapid penetration of seed with its uniform distribution in even rows, without damage to the seeds, observing the distance necessary for the growth of vegetables without thinning.
A manual seeder is made with your own hands, for which a simple plastic bottle is suitable, in the cover of which holes for the size of seeds are cut.
To help sowing and prevent the need for subsequent thinning out of crops, improvised household products help: salt shakers, tea strainers, colanders and toothpick containers. They all have holes that can serve as a metering device for sowing.
The downside of homemade and improvised means is the need to control the number of seeds falling out of the holes.
Sowing after germination
Seeds can be either dry or sprouted
An alternative to mass uncontrolled planting of seeds in soil is the spot planting of previously germinated seed material. For this:
- the seeds are soaked for several hours in warm water,
- laid out on a damp cloth, then closed on top,
- maintain humidity by constantly spraying the top layer of the wipe so that it does not dry out.
Thickly planted carrots do not allow vegetables to fully grow and develop.
When the first sprouts appear in the seeds, they are tempered, keeping in the refrigerator for 10-12 days. After hardening, the sprouted seed is planted on beds at a distance recommended for growing carrots, which allows not to resort to subsequent thinning of the row.
Planting carrots with a special sowing tape is an easy way to sow seeds so that later rows of seedlings do not have to be thinned out. The tape is cut into strips the size of a bed.
Instead of garden sowing tape, toilet paper is sometimes used, on which the seeds are laid out on a paste made from starch with water (1 tsp. Starch per 200 g of water).
The seed material is spread pointwise with an interval between seeds of more than 2 cm from each other. Furrows are formed on the ridge to a depth of 25-30 cm, ribbons with sowing are laid on them, sprinkled with a layer of earth and watered. The first shoots appear after 7-10 days.
Sowing in a bag
Carrots are planted without subsequent thinning in canvas or linen bags, where the seeds are added in the spring and, after digging a small hole, they are left for germination. After 15 days, the sprouts germinate.
The distance between the seedlings at which the carrot seeds are sown affects the size of the vegetables: the larger it is, the larger and more even the root crops.
Sprouted material is taken out and mixed with sand, further scattering the mixture over previously prepared furrows. The ridges are covered with film. After a week, the first sprouts appear under the film, which are planted in the ground in a permanent place.
The method of sowing carrots without subsequent thinning with granules does not require any special adaptations. For granular seeds sold in finished form, each seed in the process of technological processing is covered with a hard shell. It contains dry hydrogel and fertilizer complexes so that carrots quickly ascend.
To control the process of sowing granules allows their bright color.
To plant granules is required in an open soil soil of 1-2 pcs. Sow carrots, so as not to thin out, every 8-10 cm in grooves with a depth of 20-25 cm, then they are covered with soil on top and watered.
Planting a vegetable crop without thinning seedlings saves time and provides the seed with conditions for full growth.