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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:13 pm    Post subject: Carrot and onion seedlings Reply with quote

Ive got all my carrots and onions as seedling in my utility room, thinking about planting them out this week but wanted to know if i will need to harden them first like with my sprouts and cabbages? Can any one help please?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wait a few more days before putting out the onions. harden them off even for a day or two. As for carrots I still maintain they are impossible to transplant successfully. Try growing some under glass or plastic where they are to mature without transplanting.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I managed to transplant some last year and they were fine, really fiddly though. Do you think they would be ok to go out yet or should I wait and harden them off and do them and the onions together? planning to put them both in the same bed to try and combat carrot and onion fly.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would harden both off.
I did this last year, but be careful of spacings if you have onions and carrots together. I put the onions too close to the carrots and the onions didn't get enough light and were very spindly. But at least I didn't have a problem with carrot fly.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. Smile Will make sure to space them further than the spacings give inn book to make sure. Think I'll try putting them in y unheated green house for a few days to harden them up, can't leave them out in the open as my kittens like the trays of seedlings to dig. Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:38 pm    Post subject: Transplanting Carrots Reply with quote

Hi monkeynic,

I had had great sucess with transplanted B&Q Carrots (roundy ones) last year apart from a bit of carrot fly damage.

This year I have started 1/2 of my Carrots + some Parsnips seeds in trays indoors, they are very small yet but they would not have even been sown outdoors yet with the cold weather.

I will plant the 2nd half of the crop as seed in the ground with the transplanted ones when the weather warms.

if I have any problem with the transplants I can re-seed outdoors and have a (later) staggered crop as it would have been if I did not start the 1st half indoors.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And indoors the slugs can't get them...
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