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How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - A Better Way To Plant Seeds
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Welcome to Day 8 of the 30 Day Challenge: How to Start a Vegetable Garden. Yesterday I shared some of the mistakes I made when planting my seeds. There is definitely a learning curve with gardening, which is why I decided to go 100% in and give it a try. We always learn more by doing than by reading.

Today, I want to share with you the two methods I learned of to plant seeds quicker and easier. One is for you to use when you are starting your seeds in pods, the other is for starting your seeds in the ground.

Starting Seeds in Pods

In Day 7's article How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - My Seed Sprouting Mistakes, I mentioned that I took my seed starter soil and put it into my seed starting kit dry. Then I added water, but it was so dry I needed to stir the soil and add water multiple times to make it damp and ready to accept the seeds.

This was a very slow and tedious process.

A better way to do this is to pour your dry seed starter soil into a bucket. Add water and stir until all of the soil is damp. Then, use this soil to fill your pods in your seed starting kit.

Once all of the pods are filled, put 2 or 3 seeds on top of the soil.

Then take a few pinches of damp soil from your bucket and sprinkle it over the seeds making sure to cover them lightly. This method provides lots of room for the seed to grow since the soil is not packed down on top of it.

When I did this step a few weeks ago, I made a hole in the soil, dropped the seed in and covered it back up. I noticed that the holes I was making was frequently deeper than the depth suggested on the packet for proper germination of the seed. I also realized that the soil was a little more compact than the seeds needed when I used this method.

This method is so much faster and easier than the way I did it before. I tested it out on some bigger pots I planted carrots and marigolds in (not together) and it worked much better.

Starting Seeds in the Ground

I recently came across a pin on Pinterest which discussed how to make seed tapes. The idea is to take a paper towel or single ply toilet paper, cut it into strips, use a flour / water paste to "glue" seeds every few inches and place the entire seed tape into the ground to grow perfectly spaced plants.

The lady who posted this, she goes by dotnik on Hubpages, said her inspiration for this idea came from the desire to stop "killing" seedlings during the thinning process. She was seeking a more efficient way to obtain the spacing she needed for her plants without wasted seeds or removing perfectly good plants.

30 Day Challenge

For those of you who are following along with the challenge, how are you doing? Have you started your seeds yet? What are you growing this year? If you have any questions, please post them here or on my blog and I will do my best to help you. See you tomorrow!


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C4rmen  

Nice tips here AJ, I particularly like how easy they are.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks C4rmen. I am planting more seeds today and will be using these techniques for easier planting. I will let everyone know the results of these new seeds in a few weeks.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks AJ. Amongst the busy-ness of life I managed to buy two punnets of lettuce that my dad planted out for me. It's a little start on our change of season garden but feels great to be doing something (even if I didn't do it!! lol). I must tell my husband about your neat techniques. Inspired to try them and save on all the punnet buying! I know we certainly have the seeds from other times of good intentions. Think you're doing an awesome job with this project!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks, Heather! Coming from a knowledgeable gardener, I appreciate your praise. I'm so happy to hear your lettuce is planted. You'll be eating fantastic salads very soon!

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks AJ.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks, Shawn. I'm publishing a very detailed day 9 on my website if you want to grab it, it'll be done in about an hour.

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  about 7 years ago

The challenge seems to be coming along well. Another tip (that I have not tried) is to sow, at the spaced intervals, into a length of plastic gutter filled with compost. When the time to put them outdoors comes then you scrape a shallow trench and with the end of the guttering in the trench you slide it out from underneath. Perfect row left behind. Like i said, never tried it myself.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Roger, what a neat idea! Thanks for sharing it.

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  about 7 years ago

AJ, Glad you found an easier way! My family uses the pasting. Most often for kids. It's amazing how much fun kids have with gardening. Making their own baby plants is exciting. Works well for long boxes too. Cleanup and seed distribution are both is ever so much easier with pasting ahead of time. blessings, Cynthia

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  about 7 years ago
  

Pasting seems like such a smart way to plant, I'm amazed I hadn't heard of it before a few months ago. Do you make your own paste or use "elmer's" type glue? There seemed to be a lot of debate as to whether glue would decompose sufficiently. You're right about the gardening and kids. They go hand in hand and it's such a fun and tasty way to educate them!

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  about 7 years ago

My family makes a paste. I think part of the fun is how kids are so amazed as they get to do stuff themselves in gardening!

  
  about 7 years ago

Good Idea AJ...More folks should do a little gardening...Like anything else you'll learn from the mistakes and celebrate the successes...tomatoes are sure much better..

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  about 7 years ago
  

So true, Kevin. I am not a tomato person - I just don't like the ones at the store. The only way I eat them is like an apple with salt straight from the garden. So yummy!

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  about 7 years ago

Man I love the toilet paper tip, that is one of the best I've learnt in a long time, Good one AJ

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  about 7 years ago
  

You're welcome, Rob. Glad to be able to share something new. I thought the seed tape idea was pure genius!

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  about 7 years ago

Very interesting ideas. I might just try them. Thank you for sharing.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks, Rebecca. I appreciate your visit!

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  about 7 years ago
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