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Three Tricks to Speed Seed Sowing

Magazine article Sunset

Three Tricks to Speed Seed Sowing

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Three tricks to speed seed sowing

You can sow more kinds of seeds in Marchand early April than at any other season. There's still time to start cool-season vegetables and flowers, and heat lovers should also go in so they'll be ready for transplanting when danger of frost is past.

On this page, we show three tricks to helpgardeners who start large parts of their gardens from seed. The techniques are simple and make the job go faster.

If you sow in small tubs like the oneshown above, ice cream sticks are good row-makers; raked across the sown tub, they make covering the seeds easy, too.

For cell-packs or small pots, the chopsticktechnique pictured above left is a good choice. Wooden chopsticks (especially bamboo) work best. After you get the hang of it, the process of picking up the seeds and twisting them into the soil goes very quickly. Push soil back over the hole to cover the seeds. …

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