let it go, let it go

No matter how long you’ve been gardening, there’s always a twinge of worry when you first place your infant seedlings at the mercies of nature. Even when you’ve done the same thing year after year and you know they’ll probably be just fine, there’s still a little voice saying ‘Maybe they should have been hardened off a few more days’ or ‘Maybe that cold night coming up will be too much’.

Or maybe it’s just me.

Anyway, the onion seedlings went out yesterday. There’s a 30Β° F night coming up this week, something they’ve never experienced. But I guess it’s like raising hundreds of little green smelly kids. You have to let them face life eventually. You use your best judgement and hope your guess is right.

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Last year for the first time I covered my freshly planted carrot seeds with a board before they sprouted. The theory is that the darkness keeps most weeds from sprouting and the board keeps the seeds moist. It’s a method that requires close attention; you need to remove the board immediately when the carrots sprout. But it worked great for me.

I had a junk piece of plywood left over from building the chicken coop that was exactly the same size as my carrot bed, so here’s hoping…

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8 thoughts on “let it go, let it go

  1. I tried the boards-on-carrots thing last year and it worked. The only drawback was the boards warped and bent up away from the ground some. This year I’m trying a folded strip of row cover on a section to see how that works.

    Your smelly onion kids will probably be fine.

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  2. Planting out those onions looked like a labour of love! Interesting idea about covering the carrots and I am sure it would help to keep the seeds moist which can be a battle. Definitely an idea to try – thanks for that πŸ™‚

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