Soil crusting with direct sowing
The ugly, stressed (but still producing) tomato plants in my garden today got me thinking about the fall garden.
I have never been very successful at starting seeds either indoors or direct sowing. I'm sure there are lots of reasons for this, but one thing I run in to when direct sowing is that I have trouble keeping my soil moist enough to keep it from cracking.
It seems like I've heard some mention of covering directly sown seeds with potting soil instead of garden soil help them germinate without having to break trough crusted soil, but I've never seen a detailed on post this. It is as simple and digging a shallow trench and then covering with potting soil to the desired depth? I would appreciate any input.