Here in Auckland, New Zealand, the outside ground is cold and germination will be slow, if at all, before seed is eaten by beasties. We wait until the soil warms up to sow seed outside. Or get inventive and creative to make warm spots.
If you have a hot-house, tunnel-house, or conservatory then these are good times to sow root crops:
- Wednesday 9th August through to Friday 11th August 2017, then again on Monday 14th August 2017.
after the full moon on Tuesday 8th August 2017. [Here in New Zealand]
Some root crops can be transplanted, for example we’ve had success doing so with beetroot. Many others bolt straight to seed without forming nice big roots.
With carrots, we have only had success when sown directly into the open ground of warm soil. They will wait a while yet.