Gardening Series # 10, Planting Seeds
Planting seeds, well, they have specific challenges to them, primarily it’s a visual issue. More specifically, if you don’t mark where you planted them, you don’t know where they are. At least I don’t. Seedlings are like mini trees. You plunk them into the ground and there they stand hollering “Here I am! Don’t hit me with the scuffle hoe!” But seeds lie beneath the soil, maybe they come up and maybe they don’t and send weeds instead.
Ready for planting seeds? A few rules help. First, the earth gives you stones, use them for your own good. They are earth’s free markers. Second, plan for your hoe. If its 5 inches wide, keep seed rows at least 6 inches apart. Those two thoughts in mind and you should be fine.
I like to take my trowel and make a little row in the soil and sprinkle seed along it. Then I cover with soil and mark the beginning and end with a stone. The marketplace has all sorts of lovely garden markers, but I did promise to keep this blog based on frugality so I embrace stones.
You could be clever and paint on the stones, the name of your seed. I did not get that clever this year but I am writing the idea in my book for next year. You do have a notebook for garden idea, don’t you? You should.
Let me show off my first blossom, a pepper blossom.
And chives are beginning to bloom.