Equipment for planting seeds

jennieboyer(8)May 29, 2014

Hi All,

I am currently growing in raised beds, but plan to do an in ground garden next year and am planning ahead. As I increase the size of my space, I can't imagine putting in each individual seed one by one by hand. I'll simply go nuts. I know there have to be tools out there that will help me with this process. I don't know for certain how big the area will be, but let's say maybe 30'x40' or thereabouts......Can be bigger if needed.

Can anyone recommend tools to help me with planting? Anything else that you would recommend to a first time in ground gardener? I have done raised beds for several years, but this will be the first 'real' backyard garden.


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I saw a tool where someone took a flat piece of wood (let's say 1x6 or 1x12) and put 1" dowel rod pieces every 3" or 6" (with wood glue, I guess...or maybe a very small nail). The other side might have similar pieces, but at another distance (let's say one side is every 3", the other side is every 4")

Using this piece of wood that is 6 or 12 feet, they would lay it down on the ground to be seeded, depending on how far apart they wanted the holes. Using either side, they now have holes that are every 3, 6, 9, 12" apart or every 4,8,12" apart, depending on what they need to plant. And of course, if you need something every 6" or 8" apart, then just skip every other hole, for example.

The wood will also help keep the rows pretty straight.

You can use any distance you want based on what you know you'll be planting.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2014 at 10:27AM
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