Planting Garden And Flower Seed – Do It Right The First Time

4-hole-dibbleboard

I have posted this info in the past, so this is an Updated – Reworked post.

If you want every plant to be perfectly spaced, (apply’s mostly) to all the square foot gardeners. Raised beds growers will find this gadget (dibble board) handy as a pocket on a shirt.
Build A Dibble Board Check out ‘gardeninggrrl’ blog for a lot of pictures hints and tips and building instructions.

Keep in mind you may want two or even three different pattern / seed spacing dibble boards.
Most garden seeds need to be planted 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch or 1 inch deep. Seed planted 1 inch deep that ‘should have been planted 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep may never break through to see the light of day. In this event you have wasted your time, water and seed.

Grinning, My dibble board consist of placing my seed on the ground at my desired spacing, using my finger to press the seed into the soil to the proper planting depth, cover my finger dibble hole with soil. After germination, if they look crowed, I say I will thin them to proper spacing, however I seldom seem to get around to thinning excess plants.
So in my case a dibble board will be very useful.

Is a raised bed garden truly best for you? Most likely it ‘only’ makes you feel better about how your garden looks.
Unless you like in an area with poorly drained soil the advantages to raised bed gardening are few.
Raised beds provide good drainage, contain your garden to nice looking little square or rectangle plots. Raised beds allow you to control fertilizers and watering better or at least as well as direct soil plantings. Weed control ‘may’ also be easier.

Raised bed planting has the disadvantages of more frequent watering during dry periods during the growing season and the cost of filling your beds with large quantities of soil.
Fast soil drainage is only beneficial if your garden is located in a low area with poor drainage and may be a disadvantage in areas with limited rain fall.

Farmers over the last 8,000 years have devised main 3 planting methods to maximize water usage and fertilizer to produce the most vegetables at the lowest cost on the least amount of land.

furrow planting

(1) Furrow planting is common in areas with enough rain to produce a crop but with the need to conserve as much soil moisture as possible. This method is also useful in areas with strong winds, allowing plants to become strong before their stalks/leafs are tall enough to be exposed to winds above the bed tops.

bed planting

bed planting

(2) Bed planting provides additional root zone drainage as well as providing a reservoir to hold moisture near the plants root zone for a longer period of time after irrigation or rains. Bed planting act much like raised bed planting without the cost of construction of bed boxes and the cost of filling raised beds with soil/soil mixes.

(3) Minimum till (flat ground) planting is a method that has been used for thousands of years and in the past few years has been rediscovered by farmers in the USA and the UK as well as many other countries. In minimum till planting, last years crop stubble is left in the field to prevent or minimize soil erosion from winds and rain water run off. It also reduces soil drying by providing ground cover {mulch}.

What gardening method is best for you? That is a decision that only you can make. Using raised beds, furrow, bed or minimum till planting is mostly {for home gardeners} a personal choice dictated by ‘your’ garden plots size, location and amount of time and effort you are willing and able to put into your home garden.

No matter what method you choose, keep an open mind and consider other gardening methods. If the way you are doing it now fails to produce as much as you feel that it can and should be producing you should reevaluate how you are gardening.
The old worn out, I have always done it this way is not an acceptable answer to resolving a gardening problem.

Hint Fertilizer, a light application of organic or a balanced commercial grade fertilizer tilled in to your soil before planting or added as a side dressing at planting time is always a good way to jump start your garden plantings.

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6 responses to “Planting Garden And Flower Seed – Do It Right The First Time

  1. hee hee – I cheat – I have a nifty little round plastic gadget for that. I can turn load it and turn the wheel to the proper size to drop just one at a time – hee hee hee (think I got it from Gardeners Supply.com? they have tons of helpful fun stuff like that) My fingers just don’t feel like they used to (sometimes I just wet the tip, dab a seed n stick it on the ground – what ever works – hahaha)

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  2. What a cool gadget! I have never heard of a dibble board before – thanks for sharing!

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  3. Thank you for the helpful stuff! I was watching a show (growing a greener world – on PBS) and they also used – and encouraged- a dibble board! Think it is time I made myself one (tape measure and knees work – until the wind picks up – LOL)

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    • Grin – even using a neat gadget like a dibble board, I find that some seeds are so small that no matter what I do, I cant drop(plant) only one seed at a tine.
      Happy Gardening

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