Pre-Sprouting Carrot Seeds

…Locally Grown…Sustainable…Freshly Picked… Chemical-Free…

Carrots, parsnips, and parsley take 14 to 21 days to germinate; that means the seed bed must be kept evenly moist for up to three weeks or longer. This year, in an effort to provide our CSA Share Members with a fresh spring crop of delicious organic carrots we are  pre-sprouting our seeds in a gel mixture.

Our pre-sprouting gel mixture is easy: 1 cup of water to 1 teaspoon of cornstarch.  The gel mixture is boiled and thickened then poured into a zip top plastic bag with the seeds. After a few days, once the seeds germinate it’s time to plant them. Planting is easy, cut a slit in a corner of the  zip lock bag, and slowly squeeze the mixture into the shallow trench. Cover and voila.