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Bonnie – 04:19
Subject: Carrotts
Hi there. I have been following you with interest for sometime now. I’m not sure where you are in the US but I wanted you to know that up here in Canada in Penticton, and on Vancouver Island we are all having problems with the carrots this year. I’ve been gardening for over 50 years and have never seen such poor growth. Can’t figure it out and I’m into my third planting now on the island. Could even be something in the reins over North America right now I don’t know. Any ideas would be beneficial. Heard you were here in the Okanagan……
Mike – 07:51
Hi Curtis,
I would like to thank you for the really informative videos that you have been making during your farm visits. I would also like to ask you if it might be possible to field a couple of questions during your weekly Q and A. The first is a detailed description of how you would create stale seed beds for quick emerging crops like brassicas in salad mix and slow emerging crops like beets and carrots. The second is how to best cut salanova lettuce (with and without cores) – tools and techniques.
Thanks again for your good work.
Hey Curtis – 14:32
I’m a home grower, and bought a bunch of paperpot trays to use with a neversink zipper the way Connor showed in one of his videos. I’ve got 12 15 foot beds that im using to grow root veggies, greens and herbs primarily and thought the paper chains would save me a ton of time. The planting process has gone extremely quickly – I’ve been able to plant 4 rows in a 15 foot bed in less than 10 minutes. The issue I’ve run into is it seems like all of the plants of planted are having serious transplant shock and not growing at all. I’ve planted okra and kale on 6″ chains and salanova, basil, cilantro, dill, shiso, parsley and chives on 4″ chains. All of them have been in the ground for over 4 weeks with consistent overhead irrigation and have almost no new growth to show for it. I don’t think it’s a soil issue as all of my direct seeded crops and tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers are all thriving in the same soil.
Have you seen anybody have similar issues or have recommendations for overcoming transplant shock with the paperpot? I know using it with the zipper probably isn’t the perfect scenario but just growing for my family I can’t justify the expense of the transplanter.
Thanks for everything you do!

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