This is what I do when starting carrots. Wet the area hat I want to plant and fertilize with 10-10-10 and till deep, My walk behind tiller leaves that little two wheel track that I use as a row marker. I have a heavy steel tooth garden rake that is about 12 inches wide and I tamp down the soil in-between the wheel marks leaving tooth marks. I sprinkle carrot seed with a spice bottle with small holes or lay down toilet paper to put seeds on so I can see how thick I am planting seeds. Cover with about 1/4 inch of soil and tamp down lightly with a block of 2/4 say a foot long. Then water with the hose set at the lightest setting of sprinkle. Then for the next two weeks its a light sprinkle every morning and night to keep that top soil moist. I know some times I even water at noon but I am in my garden every day but I like my carrots. The worst part for me is thinning out carrots when they come up because I have to pull more than half of they out and weeding them for the first time is a bitch. Do you know how many kind of weeds look like sprouting carrots. I put in a lot of time into it but my grand nephew said it best when he bit into one of the bucket full that I gave his Mom. Uncle Larry thats a REAL CARROT and coming from a 10 year old that was a complement to keep. In can be a real challenge but me and the good Lord spend a lot of mind healing time in my sand lot I call my GARDEN. Hope this helps LB
for carrots, I put seeds in a salt shaker thats just big enough to shake them out an a slow pace, drill holes larger if you need to. Then I use a standard garden hoe and hoe a row, flat but about 1/2 inch down, so its a trough about .5 inches deep by 7 or whatever inches wide. Then I shake my seeds in from a reasonable height so they spread out and cover the whole row. Then cover the seeds with something that doesnt crust over, like promix or something. Water immediately but gently and then spray it a little every day or 2 so that the surface doesnt ever dry a lot. They should start coming up in a week or so. One row of carrots grown like this will create a ton of carrots.Carrots are tough because they are planted so shallow and from my expierence they often get just enough moisture to germinate and then they dry out before they get a chance to come up or if you spray water and get a crust on top they can't break through the crust. We have tricky soil here that I am finally getting in better shape with lots of straw mulch but still pull chunks when I deep till in the fall. A couple years ago I laid some drip tape down the carrot rows and I was fascinated with the difference. I reused it last year with the same results so this year I broke down and laid drip tape in the whole garden and gardening has never been so easy. No more moving the old spray watering systems back and forth and then watering the weeds between the rows. . I roll it up in the fall with the cordless drill and bring it in. The 3 year old stuff is still holding up strong.
how does that work in chunky soil? My home garden has clay soil and it takes forever to dry enough to till, and even then I often have 1-3 inch hard chunks near the surface. Plants grow fine in it usually, but it isnt nice and fine like a sandier or loamy soil.I bought one of these a few years ago and really like it . It came with 6 different seed plates and will seed everything I've tried except for mammoth sunflowers because it crushed the shell .
The first year using it was a learning curve, I had spotty results because seed depth wasn't consistent. They need more weight or down pressure to keep consistent seed depth. At first I added a weight on top of the hopper and cured that but now I just grab the handle right above the seed hopper and hold a little down pressure when I am seeding and it works like a charm.
Once I lay drip tape I seed carrots on both sides of it at a normal walking pace and they come up real fast and even.
No matter how you plant and grow and caring for a gardening it's good therapy and theres no wrong or right way how to sow a seed but since having back issues Iv'e had an obsession for doing things the easiest way I can figure out how to get it done.
Chunks don't bother it to bad, the hoe pushes them to the side.how does that work in chunky soil? My home garden has clay soil and it takes forever to dry enough to till, and even then I often have 1-3 inch hard chunks near the surface. Plants grow fine in it usually, but it isnt nice and fine like a sandier or loamy soil.