So here’s the verdict on the watering by osmosis vs. watering overhead experiment.
Watering by osmosis (i.e the carrot seeds) didn’t work for me. The seeds never came up. Its because either the seeds dried out, were planted too deep, or blew away (we did have some heavy winds). In any case, we will have radishes and LOTS of them!
The radishes sprouted exactly as the package said, about 5 days after they were planted. I put them in the ground, created shallow trenches on either side and watered them with a fine mist overhead everyday until they came up.
(see photo at LEFT).
On the 9th day they were 1/2″ -1″ tall and it was definitely time to “thin” the rows… But I just couldn’t see the point in aborting all of those “would be” radishes so I got creative. These were the tools I set out with: One little Rake, My trusty gardening gloves and a pencil (see photo at RIGHT).
Originally I intended on maybe planting them where the carrot seeds had been (Right Side), but after getting down and dirty I decided to take advantage of the rows in between. Since watering by osmosis clearly wasn’t something I was going to continue doing.
When I put the seeds in the ground I basically just drew a line in the soil and sprinkled the seeds along that line. BOY was that the WRONG thing to do. When the sprouts came up they were only about an 1/8 of an inch apart at best. I needed to thin them to roughly 1″ apart.
To do this I had to be careful to pull up each sprout individually by one of the 4 little leaves. Easier than is sounds, but still time consuming, all the while being careful not to touch the trunk. Then with my pencil I created shallow holes all along the little trenches on either side of the row. I then transplanted as many seedlings as I could.
If things go well we should get 300 radishes all together from this modest 3’x3′ planting area. Not bad! Considering we’re about 10 days from when they went in the ground we should be feasting like rabbits in about 15 more days!
So we’ll see in a few days if the “trench seedlings” live through the water collecting in them. But if it works, it’ll be a great way of taking advantage of a small space.
Next: We’ll explore propagating some Ivy for my friend Hank’s yard!