This past week, I started cleaning parts of my Summer garden. I removed the hay mulch, loosened the soil a little, and added homemade compost. Then, I was ready to plant my Fall/Winter garden.
There are many kinds of cool weather crops that I can plant this time of the year, but, since my garden is pretty small, I choose to concentrate on the ones we use the most. Those are carrots, lettuce, beets, green onion, potatoes, chard and kale. The plan is to plant as many of those as I can right now, then mulch and cover them two weeks or so before the first frost (with the exception of the potatoes which I will harvest around the end of November, hopefully). The ground become a refrigerator for the roots, the plastic cover keeps the leaves from freezing, and we have vegetables from the garden all winter long.
This week I was planting tiny seeds of carrots and lettuces and thought I will share with you how I used tweezers to do that. This technique is not going to work for everyone, like everything in life (except of Nutella, of course…), but it might work for you.
I know that the first thought that comes to mind is to use the tweezers to catch the tiny seeds, but this is not the only reason I use them. They also help me make sure I am sowing the seeds in the correct depth which is especially important when planting root crops.
I use a Sharpie to make a mark at one inch, which is how deep I wanted to plant my carrots…
No need to make trenches, no waste of seeds, and since you plant one seed at a time you can control the spaces much better so hopefully you won’t need to thin the seedlings later (which means one less thing to do in the heat of the Summer, hooray!). This technique will also be great to use when starting seeds indoors in those seed trays where you have to sow one or two seeds in each cell.
What do you think? Have you ever tried using tweezers in the garden?
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