When direct sowing radish, lettuce, carrots, beets, kale, broccoli,etc plan to moisten the surface at least once a day (two or three times is better!) while germination is proceeding. The key is consistency! If seeds begin to germinate and then dry out, that could be the end of it for that seed. Some seeds, like radish and lettuce, will germinate in a few days and show in less than a week, while others, like carrots and parsley, will take two weeks or more. So be sure to keep the bed moist throughout the entire germination process – apply mulch around new plants as you thin them to help retain the ground’s moisture.