Tips for Sowing Small Seeds
When sowing small seeds it’s sometimes hard to tell what area you have covered because the seeds are normally the same or close to being the same color as the earth. In some cases you will not know you have over sown until the seedlings begin to appear and by then it’s to late to even them out. Here are my favorite three ways to fix that problem before it happens.
All these tips suggest you mix the seeds with another ingredient to make them more visible. Most you will already have on hand.
Sand: If you use sand make sure it’s sea sand, as its’ edges have been rounded off by the constant movement of the ocean and will not harm your earthworms as play sand will do. Play sand has rough edges which can cut the digestive system of the worms or even worse, kill them. An organic garden without worms will not survive for a long period of time.
Flour: Mixing the seeds with a little baking flour will also give you a better visible understanding of the location of your seeds. Like the sand it has a few kinks. You do not want to add too much flour or the damp soil will cause the flour to harden and trap the seeds, not allowing them to reach the dirt. For every teaspoon of seeds, add one tablespoon of flour. Shake or mix well then sow the seeds evenly in the dark soil. The result being even rows or spreading of the seeds, and not being over seeded.
Jello: If you are planting very fine seeds, such as carrot, lettuce, or wildflower; mix the seeds with a package of colored gelatin powder. It really helps to spread the seeds evenly and makes it very easy to see where they’ve been sown. Plus the gelatin seems to help them grow too!
Keeping seeds where you can see them is beneficial when sowing small seeds. As with most things in life, learning to growing what you eat, takes time and a few good tips from your friends. Here’s to Happy Gardening!