Apparently carrots are total divas when it comes to sowing their seeds. Everything has to be just perfect. The soil must have good drainage and be and free from obstructions (like sticks or rocks or even small pebbles), and they must be watered regularly. But my Scarlet Nantes seed packet was calling out to be sown, and the idea of eventually making carrot soup from my own carrots was too enticing. So last weekend I acquiesced to the divas’ demands and dug out a deep trench wide enough for two rows of carrots. Then I sifted a few cubic feet of soil and compost and refilled the trench, sowing the seeds in two crowded rows (I’ll thin them later). I gave them as delicate a watering as I could manage with my cheap and leaky watering can, then let them get their beauty sleep.
The upside of the drizzly weather we had this week in DC is that the seeds got a soft, steady watering for several days. But now that the chance of precicipitation is well under 50% for the next ten days, I’ll have to make extra trips out to the garden to ensure the seeds get their water. Evian, perhaps?