Planting Carrots Using Seed Tapes

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Planting carrot seeds is usually not a very easy task in the vegetable garden. The very tiny carrot seeds are very difficult to handle making seed sowing a pain in the patoot. A very clever way of making this task much easier is by using seed tapes for sowing carrot seeds. Seed tapes can be easily made yourself or some can be purchased already filled with seed. You can usually find seed tapes for carrots and lettuces among other vegetables in most garden centers. If you are interested in using seed tapes to plant carrots, and other tiny seeds, here is how I planted carrots in a raised bed using seed tapes.

Create A Trench For The Seed Tapes

Since it is best to sow carrots directly in the garden, the first thing you want to do using seed tapes is to prepare the bed. You can grow carrots in hills or in a raised bed. Remember, carrots grow quite long so you want to loosen the soil at least 6 to 8 inches deep. I prefer growing them in a raised bed that is at least 12 inches deep, filled with loose, fertile soil and amended with good compost.

The raised bed I’m growing these carrots in is 4 feet by 4 feet and about 18 inches deep. It was a compost bin that I converted over to a growing bed a couple years ago. I use it to grow vegetables such as carrots, turnips or potatoes.

Once you have the bed ready to plant, take your hand or a trowel, and create trenches about 1/2-inch deep and 10 inches apart. The trench is where you will be laying out your seed tape filled with carrot seeds.

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Lay The Seed Tapes Into The Trenches

Once you have the trenches created, it is now time to lay the seed tapes into the trenches. Simply pull the seed tape into the trench to get a quick measure of how long the seed tape needs to be. I like to leave about 3 to 4 inches of space on each end of the raised bed side to accommodate the growth of the carrots on the ends.

lay seed tapes into each trench

Just tear the seed tape off on the end and repeat the process until each trench has a seed tape.

finish laying seed tapes in each trench

Cover The Seed Tapes With Soil

Now that the seed tapes are placed into the trenches, it is time to cover the seed tapes with soil. Take your hand and cover the seed tapes with about 1/2-inch of soil. I just take my hand and lightly cover the seed tapes with the soil from creating the trenches until all the seed tapes are covered.

cover seed tapes with half inch of soil

Now Water The Bed

Once the seed tapes are covered with soil, water the raised bed well and continue to keep the soil moist for seed germination. Do not water so much the soil becomes soggy. You want it to stay consistently moist, and do not allow the soil to dry out. Typically, watering the bed once a day should suffice.

After about a week, you will start to see tiny carrot tops begin poking through the soil.

tiny carrot seedlings sprouting through soil

As you can see using seed tapes is much easier and quicker than trying to sow the tiny seeds by hand. If you do not typically like sowing tiny carrot seeds, give seed tapes a try. I think you’ll really like working with them.

Do you use homemade or store-bought seed tapes in your garden? Please tell us about how you sow carrot seeds!

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  1. I just planted some carrot seeds today ~ heaven help me. Not sure how that’s going to work. My mom was just telling me she once saw that Martha made carrot tape by using newspaper and elmers glue ~ maybe I should have tried that. It was a bit of a mess with a 3 year old helper. :)
    .-= Jackie Lee´s last blog ..Garden Potting Bench =-.

    • Hi Jackie, carrot seeds can be difficult to handle. I found a few rogue carrots in my lawn near the raised bed I planted in last year. The “accident” carrots looked better than the ones I intentionally planted. I used toilet paper to create seed tapes before. Yes….toilet paper. Just place the seeds in the middle of the toilet paper, using the correct spacing. Wet the toilet paper down using a bottle mister filled with water.

      Fold the TP twice over the seeds, mist again and plant them just as shown in the post. Make sure to use single ply, unscented toilet paper. It worked really well for turnips and beets!

  2. That’s so interesting. What a good idea! and for all carrot lovers like me here is a great way to cook them: http://cheeseismygod.blogspot.com/
    .-= Jane´s last blog ..Nice Carrots =-.

  3. Hah! so that’s it, seed tape!
    I had hard times planting tiny seeds. No matter how I tried to spread the seeds evenly, they always grow in one spot and none on other areas. I know that rain and watering it wash my small seeds in lower or any depression on the soil.
    I’m glad I stumbled on your site as spring is approaching and I’m excited to start planting my seeds. yay!

  4. i live in a very hot climate where you have to give every thing a good soak how will that go with the seeds

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