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Lazy gardener
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magpie    Posted 04-14-2001 at 21:03:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I will be planting a garden in another month. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with a garden seeder? Lehmans has one for about $85 or so, but to a canadian that means about $200 with exchange and shipping ect. Which would be worth it if this thing really does what they say it will. I need it mainly for the tiny seeds,because, they are hard to see and get spaced right, the big ones like corn ect. are no problem.

June    Posted 09-04-2002 at 10:46:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you will drop me an e-mail I will send you a copy of a real lazy mans garden which has to be set up, planted, (The glued seed strips would work well here. Try a small spot of glue between the seeds with black powder(just a tiny bit) glued in there.) turn on the faucet once a week, then harvest. This is a magazine article from 1980 and not a joke.

Sherrie    Posted 04-15-2001 at 21:07:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
For tiny seeds try a salt shaker or an empty spice shaker! Lucky you to be planting in another month, for me it will be 2 months for anything that grows above the ground. From a far northern Canadian!

magpie    Posted 04-16-2001 at 17:51:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sherrie Im not really trying to get too nosey, but are you up in the peace?

Sherrie    Posted 04-17-2001 at 06:30:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The Peace River where earthquakes happen that shouldn't happen. You have the geographic wonder of NA!

Lew Van Vliet    Posted 04-15-2001 at 20:22:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Another idea along the paper and glue method is to use narrow masking tape (like the auto body people use). Some small cost but less messy than glue and less work than cutting paper. Once bought an adjustable seeder at an auction for 50 cents. It was difficult to use and I couldn't see my problem untill the seeds sprouted. Sold it at another auction for $2.00. Good return on investment. Have had good success with the tape system but would not try to make any strip over a few (6) feet long as a long tape is hard to handle. Happy planting to you.

chief613    Posted 04-15-2001 at 07:55:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Another option for planting small seeds a bit more evenly is to mix seedinto a a bit of fine sand real well, then sprinkle in ur row by the handful

TomH    Posted 04-15-2001 at 04:38:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
IHank's idea sounds pretty clever, should work a lot better than the seeder. I'd consider using flour paste, a lot of the newer white glues are water resistant.

As far as the seeder, they're okay if you have a really big garden. The soil can't be hard, clumpy or rocky. I have one of them but rarely use it, for one fifty foot row it's easier to get a kneepad and poke the seeds in by hand.

Dreamweaver    Posted 04-15-2001 at 07:50:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have never had much luck with seed tape, but have always used commercial brand. I don't trust the year on the packaging, so I like to buy my seed the ol' fashioned way, in a little country store in a mason jar with the farmer's name on the jar whose crop the seed came from the previous year. If I need a lot of seed and it is not available that way, I go to a wholesale seed warehouse and buy it from huge barrels measured out in brown paper bags. But with tomatoes and such as that, I never even consider seed. I'll still be waiting on it to sprout in December, my luck.

IHank    Posted 04-14-2001 at 22:01:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Magpie- Try this trick...

Cut old newspaper into strips about 2" wide. On the paper strip put little dots of white glue, spacing them to the desired seed spacing. Put a seed on each glue dot. Lay the strips aside and let the glue dry.

All this can be done in comfort at your kitchen table. No bending and stooping and can't see good, etc. To plant simply cut a little trench in the soil, lay the strips in, and cover with soil.

Good luck, IHank

Doc    Posted 04-18-2001 at 16:59:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
IHank, What a brilliant idea!! I have tried the saltshaker/ sand with mixed results. Will try your idea which sounds great!

magpie    Posted 04-15-2001 at 19:12:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the input everybody, I think now I will skip the seeder and go with you folks ideas. Im kind of skeered that seeder might not doo too good on really small seeds like carrots anyway.

IHank    Posted 04-15-2001 at 19:42:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Magpie- I've had good luck with my home made seed tapes for the past two years. They work really great for the itty bitty seeds, like radishes, and save you from the vision problems and sore back and ... Like I said, it's all done at the comforts of your kitchen table.

I like Tom's idea of using glue made up from flower and water, more than the commercial stuff. 'Ya can do a batch of it up in an empty mustard or ketchup squirter.

The actual planting part is where you'll really like all this! Also, not having to deal with improper plant spacing in the row, thinning, etc., will be appreciated.

Weeding and all that I still don't have an answer for, other than buying 'em at the local grocer's veggie dept.

Please, do the flour and water glue trick. Good luck, IHank

Sherrie    Posted 04-17-2001 at 06:55:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hank, you are terrific! I love this making your own seed tape idea and will try it this year.

Doc    Posted 04-18-2001 at 17:08:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hank....Do you think if I added a bit of fertilizer and weed killer to the mixture I would not have to do anything but pick my crop in the fall? :) Best Regards, Doc

Doc    Posted 04-18-2001 at 17:08:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hank....Do you think if I added a bit of fertilizer and weed killer to the mixture I would not have to do anything but pick my crop in the fall? :) Best Regards, Doc

IHank    Posted 04-18-2001 at 18:44:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Doc- Recommend rototill in the fertilizer while prepping the area for planting.

Recommend avoid the weed killers stuff on/around anything you want to eat.

Going on from that remark... Last summer I did some posts about carpeting my garden and just planting in holes made in the carpet. Rain water soaks right on thru, evaporation back upward is greatly reduced, and weeds can't get thru. After that you got just a little weeding to do right around the plant, instead of the whole area.

A trick on using old carpet is to let the stuff lay out in the weather and let the rain and snow wash it out for a one year cycle of seasons before putting it down. It'll be loaded with years of rug shampoo and ??? toxic crap.

After that the biggest problem is high winds if you don't have the carpet held down with something. Bricks and planks are good. Concrete blocks look a bit tacky. My favorite, heavy car parts from my junkyard seem to upset the neighbors, 'till stuff gets up high enough that the broken transmissions and cylinder heads don't show from the street. But, some people just don't respect ingenuity and creativity...

A subtle benefit is that you don't have all that tillage to do. Just spade up the little hole in the carpet, or the narrow strip between carpet panels, plant, and make sure you have a cold one in your hand will sitting in the easy chair watching the stuff grow.

A snag (pun intended) is getting to close with the mower. Mebbie go easy on the cold ones before mowing... You'll invent some new swear words while digging used carpet outta the mower blades!

Mebbie the archives will still have the old posts, about carpeting the garden. From one lazy gardner to another, Grins! IHank

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