radish, carrot, and small seed sowing

wiley0(4a)June 5, 2013

There I was, ground turned, space plotted, and stuck with the always problem of how to sow those small seeds with my somewhat large and clumsy fingers. First I dragged a metal rod thru the soil making a small trench and then tried vainly to drop seeds in but I couldn't always see where they fell. Durn it.......Then laying near me was a round wooden thing, perhaps the short pole for a paint roller or the handle from a toilet plunger. I put it on the soil and rolled it like a rolling pin back and forth and made a small shiny trench in the dirt. Perfect straight line too. I could see where the seeds fell and spaced them out and then merely covered them with the furrow on either side of the round trench...

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Then you filled the trench with water and let the water wick up to the seeds which had been tamped down to insure good soil contact. Is that the rest of your seed planting routine? Al

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 8:54AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

My Dad taught me to use a rake handle - longer furrow than a toilet plunger handle!

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 1:58PM
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not really a trench Al, just the depression from the handle...hardly more than a quarter inch deep.....No, I covered the small seeds with the loose dirt from what was loosened with the rod (or just sprinkling seed starting mixture over the covered depression). But, having a real smooth surface to drop the seeds onto made it a lot easier to space them along the foot long depression. "When these seeds sprout, I'll do the same in another row in that 2'X4' bed....
Flora: I'm working with some small beds much shorter than the rake handle!...Also doing square foot gardening like areas and small raised beds....I got a city lot and not much room for regular garening...thus...vertical gardening and small scale raised beds amongst some tomato and pepper plants and rock garden.....keeps me out of trouble...I don't plan on selling out of the back of my pickup truck....just growing enough for the two of us

    Bookmark   June 9, 2013 at 6:17PM
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Campanula UK Z8

mmm, I always water the drill (I also use the handle from my hoe) very slowly so the water seeps in but does not wet outside the drill. When the seeds are sown, it is easy to flip the dry soil from the side edges over the top using a draw hoe. The dry soil acts like a dust mulch and seems to maintain moisture during the germination process.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 6:42AM
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