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    Slugs may well be the issue. They ate all of my lettuce, spinach and kale last year.

    If I buy pregerminated carrot seedlings, are they likely to suffer the same fate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeyboy View Post
    Slugs may well be the issue. They ate all of my lettuce, spinach and kale last year.

    If I buy pregerminated carrot seedlings, are they likely to suffer the same fate?
    Yes they will, assuming the soils conditions are similar.

    A couple of possible ways round this are to grow in containers, as other have suggested, or to cover the soil with something to keep the rain out and dry the surface - poly-carbonate sheets are easiest but cloches etc will also work - then sow chitted seeds in as damp drill after a few weeks when the surface is dry and cover the area with wood ash, soot or whatever finally putting the rain preventing barrier back - slugs won't cross dry soot or ash - but if it gets wet they will.
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    I have also found carrot seeds to be temperamental. I grow in MFB’s.
    Um never that optimistic about them germinating.
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    My plan this year is to try growing in tubes.
    Going to get some square drain pipe and cut into lengths and line them along the wind ward side of the raised bed, they can act as a bit of a wind break. A 2.5 meter length chopped into 8 lengths mean each is just over 12 inches. Thinking of 2 lengths of 2.5m but will get one first to try out.

    May not get many but should be fun.
    Next question will be what mix do I decide on.

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    Trying to grow mine in a mix of MPC, vermiculite and used coffee grinds. Growing in a pallet collar...

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    How many seeds in a MFB? I might try it if I have space left.

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    I sow seeds about 1 inch apart in all directions.
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    I've taken on advice from here to grow them in containers. As I was behind in schedule, I bought some carrot seedlings from homebase. Now there's multiple seedlings clustered together in groups and there's 4 groups. Do I thin these out now? Do I transplant them first and wait?

    When do I thin them out?

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