The Q&A Archives: Watering Seeds

Question: My pack of carrot seeds says they should be planted 1/4" deep. How should I water them without washing the seeds out of the ground. I've had trouble in the past with lettuce and seed tapes also. Joe Simon Colorado Springs, CO

Answer: Water carrot seeds with a fine nozzled watering can that just mists the soil. The soil needs to be moist, but too much water can cause the seeds to "run". You can cover the seeds with sand or vermiculite to help with germination and keep them protectedfrom sudden downpours. Some gardeners even like covering the seeds with a floating row cover called Reemay to prevent these problems.

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