Tips for sowing carrots:
- They need to be grown in full sun, and with well drained soil.
- Don’t fertilise the soil before planting – fresh manure messes up the carrot’s shape
- Except sprouts after 1-3 weeks
- keep the soil continuously moist for best germination.
And the way I keep my carrots seeds moist is to plant in my pot, and then wrap in cling-film the tops until they sprout. Remove the plastic from the pot when they sprout.
Sowing Lettuce – in a bottle
This was unintentional, as the lettuce I let go to seed last year just happened to sprout. I re-potted them in a bottle. Lettuces are cool weather plants and don’t grow well in the heat of summer; so make sure you keep them in the shade.
Sowing Beetroots – in a pot
Plant carrots in a way similar to carrots -straight into the pot. Two online tips:
- Boron – “beets must have to grow properly, but most of our soils are deficient. You can get it in powdered form at most garden centres. They don’t need much, just about a teaspoonful dissolved in a watering can and poured over the soil at planting time. That’s all the added boron they’ll need for the season.” – more here
- Water – “Keep well-watered as dry beetroot develop a woody and inedible core. Tip from the Italian Gardener ‘ Make sure the top of the beet’s bulb is covered with soil; this keeps the entire bulb the same color and prevents ‘corkiness’ at the top of the bulb.” For tasty and tender beetroot, start harvesting at golfball-size” – more here
- The ideal temperature range for banana growing is around 26-30°C
- Lots of mulch and organic matter. LOTS. Just keep piling it on.
- Lot of nitrogen and potassium. (Chicken manure!)
- Steady warmth, not too hot and not too cold. (Bananas are sissies when it comes to temperatures…)
- Steady moisture, in the ground and in the air.
- The shelter of other bananas! That’s the most overlooked aspect by home growers…