How to Plant Carrot Seeds
Save Carrot Seeds from Carrots. In earlier days, it was fairly a common practice amongst vegetable and flower gardeners to save seed from carrots. In fact, from carrots, lettuce, radish and other fine seeded varieties to even the bigger seed of tomatoes, pumpkins, beans and even the smaller seeds of peas, beans and squash, every gardener had a stash of his or her favorite to plant as soon as possible or exchange with others. However, with the advent of modern refrigeration systems, preserving carrot seeds too has become an ordeal. Though the effort is still quite laborious, more convenient methods have been found that make it easier than ever to store carrot seeds.
Seed preservation starts with ensuring a good air circulation in the seeds' container during storage. The container should be made of sturdy material like glass and have a ventilated hole at the bottom. Keeping the seeds warm and dry till the last part of procurement ensures proper preservation. In cases where there is no space to store the carrots in a Tupperware container, one can always use the dishwater or wash water to sprout the seeds. One must ensure that the seeds are exposed to as little air as possible, otherwise, the life span of the seed will be shortened. In case of a Tupperware container, this can be ensured by putting the seeds in a separate dish and allowing them to air dry.
Carrot slices made from home are best saved in air-tight glass jars. For air circulation within the jar, one can use silica gel packets or moist cloths soaked in water. The glass vials can then be placed in a dark cupboard or a cool, dark place with proper ventilation. For freshness, a bouquet of carrot seeds should be sent through a hot air balloon on a sunny day.
A healthy garden requires a balanced diet and plenty of nutrition. For this purpose, most people purchase carrots from the local produce section and grow them in a small garden. One can also save carrot seeds from the grocery and plant them in a small pot. There are two different methods of planting carrots in a small garden; either by direct sow or seed saving.
Direct sow methods involve removing the seed from a packet and putting it into the ground. These carrot seeds should be planted in a shallow dish filled with clean water and allowed to remain till the water seeps out. On the other hand, the seed heads should be preserved by wrapping them in a wet cloth and allowing them to dry in a dry place.
Carrot seed saving is also an efficient way of planting carrots. This method can be quite time consuming, but there are a few advantages associated with it. The first advantage is that there is no need to replant the carrots once they have grown. Secondly, saving seed heads can reduce your vegetable growing costs as the vegetables need not be purchased frequently.
There are two common ways of planting carrots; the first is through the cultivation of the young shoots and roots as described above. The second way is by saving seed heads and transplanting the young roots or shoots into a larger container, which is placed directly on the soil. The carrots can then be sown in this container at various growing levels; the highest being about three degrees f above ground level. This is usually done for carrots whose roots have already grown to a certain length.
When it comes to planting carrots, the season is not the only factor to consider; soil moisture is just as important. Carrot seeds should be sown in a well-drained area, so that they receive all the moisture from their roots require to grow. Water should not be left standing in the soil for more than a few minutes as this can cause damage to the seeds. If there is any water left in the soil, it should immediately be drained so that the moisture levels in the soil are replenished.