I’ve really had fun with winter sown seed this year. Just for the fun it, I’m starting some root crops that are usually traditionally seeded in the garden.
And they’re traditionally seeded directly in the garden because in most cases they do better that way.
- Don’t sow too thickly. Thinner sowing will make it easier to separate the transplants without damaging the roots.
- Transplant as carefully as you can. Damaging the roots can cause root crops to be malformed.
- Be patient. Transplanting can set them back a couple of weeks until their roots establish themselves again.
- Mulch lightly with straw and continue to add more as they grow.
- Have a cold frame or some row cover fabric ready to place over them should the forecast call for severely cold weather after they’re in the garden.
- Learn from and enjoy the experience and don’t take your failures or your successes too seriously.
If you want to try to get a jump on the season and sow some beets, carrots, turnips, or radishes in a flat or container — go ahead. As always there’s a risk that you won’t be successful, but there’s always the possibility that you will be!
A Shining Example of What can Happen
A reader of TMG started carrots in a container her first year of gardening. She transplanted them to her new garden bed and ended up with some of the most beautiful carrots you’ve ever seen! (No one ever told her carrots that they’re not suppose to like transplanting. 🙂 )
When this happens to you, you’ll be congratulating yourself for getting a head start on those delicious early root crops.
Organic gardening is easy, effective, efficient —- and it’s a lot healthier.
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