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An old gardening trick is to lay sheets of burlap over the row or bed. The burlap acts like a fine mulch: the fibers hold moisture, speed germination, and protect the soil surface. The seedlings sprout through the mesh. Eventually, the burlap deteriorates, and can be incorporated into the soil at the end of the season as organic matter for the next crop.
Let’s grow carrot tops! One of the easiest plants for a young gardener to grow, carrot tops make pretty houseplants for a sunny window and their fernlike foliage is beautiful in an outdoor container garden. Eventually, white lacey flowers will bloom. Growing carrots from carrot tops takes no special equipment and results will be seen in a matter of days – always a bonus when working with kids!