Planting strips

shermthewerm(8 PNW)August 10, 2012

Not sure if anyone will want to admit to using these, but has anyone? It seems a little close to cheating.

I got some Ferry Morse seed strips on clearance (75% off!)--one carrot, one beet. Planted them a couple of weeks ago, and the germination rate seems to be close to 100%. They were easy to plant, but the thing I was really excited about was not having to thin the seedlings because it says so clearly on the package! But it really looks like the carrots are especially in need of thinning (although I'm not sure because I've never grown them).

Anyway, just wanted to see if anyone's used these & if they had to thin.

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A person posted some homemade seed tape on another forum. He took a roll of toilet paper, put tiny dabs of school glue on the squares, spaced evenly, and used that for adhering the seeds. It sounds a bit tedious...I tend to just sow my carrots in really wide rows, so there is less thinning needed.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2012 at 3:41PM
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shermthewerm(8 PNW)

I read the post you're talking about, Donna. I would never go to all that trouble. I usually plant seeds the old fashioned way, but like I said these seeds were really cheap & I've kind of always wanted to try the strips. Anyway, just curious if they need to be thinned.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2012 at 4:02PM
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One of those two wheeled seed planters would probably be easiest. It would not be the cheapest though.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2012 at 6:39PM
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shermthewerm(8 PNW)

Yeah, the two-wheeled seed planters would be great. But honestly I'm fine planting seeds the "traditional" way.

I'm just wondering about the planting strips that I've already planted--do they need to be thinned even if the directions say they don't?

    Bookmark   August 10, 2012 at 11:14PM
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I would rely on personal judgement on if they need to be thinned. For Carrots, you could just thin small amounts at a time as they grow.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2012 at 12:30AM
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