Welcome new and beginner gardeners, I’m continuing this series with Direct Seed Planting Tips. This series began in February with gardening tips that eliminate the feeling of being overwhelmed and frustrated. There is a simplistic side to gardening that can improve your experience; it begins with being realistic about your goals. If you missed the first two posts read Starting Small and Plans Planting, Moving Forward.
Today we’re moving forward with direct seed planting. If you’re garden is already planted well pat yourself on the back. Good job! The rain has been plentiful here so planting has been sporadic.
Fresh Turned Soil
Begin with a new or already establish planting space. Make sure all the weeds are removed and the soil has been turned. You can turn soil with a shovel or a tiller.
If this was an established bed I’m going to assume you made sure it was fertilized earlier in the season. I love working with freshly turned soil, the right scent is a reminder great things are ahead.
Once the soil is turned, make a simple row using a garden hoe or a hand shovel. I like planting in rows, it helps me keep things organized and uniform.
Notice I brought along my container of Organized Seeds, that project has turned into a favorite for this garden gal. It’s wonderful to bring that container of seeds to the garden without being concerned everything will get scattered.
Once you mkae a row to the appropriate depth sprinkle in the seeds. This was my favorite part when I was a kid, my mom and grandma let me help them in their gardens with this.
Planting was my favorite and harvesting well I didn’t like that as much. Funny thing I still don’t get excited about harvesting.
Planting Large Seeds
Later I went over to another bed frame where I planted beans. These are my grandma’s Italian beans; I’ve been known to sit in the garden and eat them right off the vine.
You know it’s a possible I’m just a kid at heart.
These beans are easy to plant and because they trail, I planted them towards the edge of this bed to Grow Up by grabbing the wire when they are taller. Simply dig a small hole, drop the bean and cover it with dirt. It’s that simple!
A week later and here we have sprouting success. Now let’s hope my chickens don’t mess with these plants. We’ve had so much rain they haven’t even made it over to the garden this week. I guess the pastures are keeping them busy.
Every bean I planted sprouted; this is a sign of good seeds and great soil. Wondering how to establish great soil? This is an ongoing process with many tips under soil care.
Covered Direct Seed Planting
In the middle of this bed I planted a row of Zinnias. My concern with starting these in freshly turned soil was my chickens happen to be in the garden that day. I saw on Pinteret where someone used liter bottles like a mini greenhouse.
I sat there and thought, “What a perfect solution to keep the chickens away from my seeds prior to germination.” As you can see we have success!
Planting with the bottle was easy!
- Cut out the bottom with scissors or a knife; be careful not to cut yourself.
- Dig a small hole, sprinkled the seeds, and cover with dirt.
- Gently insert the bottle over the covered hole.
- Water through the opening at the top and wait.
- Once the seeds sprout remove the bottle slowly.
If the soil is wet the bottle will want to bring the soil with it; this can disturb the root system. You may have to wait another day to remove the bottle.
The main thing to remember about direct seed is it saves time. This is basic gardening nothing complicated and a fun way to watch your soil come to life.
I think we can agree we all live busy lives so starting seeds this way is another way to simplify by getting you one step closer to healthier living.
Most important tip, don’t forget to water, keeping the soil most is important for healthy germination.
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