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Garden Moments: Saving Money with Seeds and Water

By: Melinda Myers Email
By: Melinda Myers Email

Carrots, lettuce, begonia and other small seeds can be difficult to plant at the proper spacing. Reduce wasting seeds and time spent thinning.

Mix seeds with sand, vermiculite, or other fine material to separate the seeds for proper spacing. Sprinkle the sand and seed mix in a shallow furrow, cover with soil, gently tamp, and water.

Purchase pelletized seeds that are coated making them larger and easy to handle.

Try seed tapes available from garden centers and catalogs. The seeds are glued to a tape that you roll out and plant. Or make your own. Cut newspaper or paper towels in strips. Next combine about 1 cup of flour or cornstarch with about ¼ cup of water. Dab this seed-glue on the paper at the proper spacing for the seeds you select. Place the seeds on the flour glue and allow to dry. Once the strip is planted the glue will dissolve, paper decompose and the seeds will sprout at the proper spacing.


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