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Patty S

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A "fun" way to plant
« on: May 20, 2009, 11:42:47 AM »

Last year I didn't get much help from Kayla when it came to planting seeds... she said it was "too boring"!  (Truth be told, it was too much like "work"!)  Well, I fixed that problem when I created my own Seed tape on those dreary winter days while waiting for spring to arrive.  It sure did the trick, cuz she has kicked right in this year & says it's "fun"! :grinn:

Here she is, spreading new soil into the little trenches we dug, after we decided that a row of Basil would be good, at the front of the lily bed.
           

Putting the seed tape in place is so much easier then hand sowing a straight row that won't need thinning later.
           

Moving on to the deep planter boxes under the deck, where we thought would be a good place to grow carrots, she sprinkles the right amount of sifted soil over the seed tape.  (The planter boxes face due South, so the sun shines directly inside them all summer long.)
           

After giving it everything the first drink, we were done & able to quickly move on to the next thing on our list.
           

Just as I thought it would, making the seed tapes sure took a lot of "work" out of planting! :yahoo:  Even if I hadn't have had her help, a lot of the bending over would have been eliminated... along with not having to deal with spilling seeds, getting sunburned, thinning plants later, & all the traditional bothers that can take the "fun" out of gardening!

She even asked if I would pick her up after school tomorrow, so we could plant some more! :biggrin:
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Re: A "fun" way to plant
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2009, 09:23:26 PM »

Hooray! I'm gonna have to get that seed tape tutorial in front of Clyde.  I think that will be a great idea for next year.  Too late for this year, I think.

Good idea though.  Thanks for sharing!

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Re: A "fun" way to plant
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2009, 12:44:47 AM »

Heck no, it's not too late!   We're still making basil seed tape for front & back flower bed borders, as well as dwarf zinnia tapes, so we can make neat little rows along the front of the bed where the tall zinnias will be.

It's really great to have the seed tapes already made up, cuz as hot as it's been this past week, my planting time has been cut in half & I haven't had to spend so much time outside!   Besides, now is the perfect time to plant Basil & Zinnia, cuz their germination is so much more successful in hot weather & they grow fast with heat.
In my opinion, it's just too darned hot NOT to make seed tape!
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Re: A "fun" way to plant
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2009, 02:33:29 PM »

Huh! Ok... I'll have to get on it then! :)
 
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Re: A "fun" way to plant
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2009, 01:01:19 AM »


Our carrot babies have pushed their little heads up toward the sun now & are all in neat little rows, just like we plannned!  :happy10:
           
                                 No thinning required! :yay:

The basil is getting off to a slow start this year, cuz over the past 2 weeks we've lost our pre-summer temperatures.   
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Re: A "fun" way to plant
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2009, 08:07:16 AM »

That is very cool!
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