Here’s a quick tip we learned a couple years ago to help you know exactly when your seeds should germinate and where you planted them (in case you forgot to label them). We love using this tip especially when seeding carrots, parsnips and other varieties that take a little longer to germinate.

For example, if you are growing beets, plant a couple radishes at the ends of your seed bed. When the radishes germinate, you’ll know the beets are on their way since radishes germinate faster than beets. Likewise, you can use beets as an indicator crop for your carrots.

For growers that like to flame weed before germination, using an indicator crop can tell you when the main crop is ready to germinate so you can eliminate other weeds.

Not sure what flame weeding is? Look for another tip on flame weeding coming later on this summer.

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