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    Last year I sowed carrots directly into my SFG. Didn't germinate. I got weeds instead. All 16 seeds failed to germinate.

    I don't know if it was the seeds, the soil or something else.

    What can I do this time around?

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    Sow in a bucket, not SFG.
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    I have had some random failures with carrots, I've put some fleece on the raised beds to warm the soil up before sowing, I broadcast sow my carrots rather than sowing in rows, they don't seem to need thinning then, though I do have a few when mooching round the garden and I'm hungry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Sow in a bucket, not SFG.
    Any reason why it would make a difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by fishpond View Post
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    SFG = square foot gardening - see sticky at the top.

    I'm wondering if this is a problem with seeds. It was carrot resistafly from moreveg.
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    Germination with carrots can be patchy, so I always sow at least 2 seeds in each SFG spot then thin to a single when they've got true leaves. The soil has to be kept consistently moist, some people like to cover it with wooden boards or burlap to stop a crust forming. You could try topping each SFG spot with vermiculite to hold the moisture in. If the soil is wet and too cold, the seed will rot.
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    Sow a few more than needed in the sq ft then you can snip the ones you don’t want if they look crowded,don’t sow too many though,one per inch. The soils still very cold even though the weathers warm. Carrot seeds take ages to germinate. Last year I sowed a load of carrot seed direct in my bed,only had two carrots germinate from them all,could’ve been the drought drying them out? Container growing them is best for me it’s easier to control the watering,I cover them with a see through bag with holes in for a little bit of air & it keeps the moisture in there.
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    I find if I sow carrots in soil they disappear shortly after germinating due to being eaten by slugs. I grow mine in buckets with copper tape round which seems to solve the problem.
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