i've found it is much easier to get some
rows planted from on high (without having to
bend to drop seeds) if i use a hollow tube
to drop the seeds down. also use it to space
them out by sliding it along a few inches at
now i'm looking into getting a longer one
as the one i'm using now is only a few feet
long. one four feet long would be nice as
then i could plant rows i can't reach into
as easily, plus not as much bending.
a 1x1 with a routered grove in it and
then covered by a thin slat would also work
if you didn't care about round and light.
pvc tubing is probably quite easy. bamboo
looks nicer, but i think it's hard to get all
the nodes cut through for the seeds to drop.
small funnel or flare at the top is also a
help for those with hands that don't quite hit
the end of the tube as easily.
I love your idea. Will keep it in mind when I get ready to plant
beans in the garden. I have a couple of 2"w x 1/2"d x 8' long sticks
that I have marked on one side in 3" increments and the other side in
4" increments.. They certainly help getting a reasonable straight
line and equal spacing. Add in the tubing it would be pretty easy.
anything that saves bending over to
some degree helps. i like to try to
improve with low tech methods as much
as i can.
last year i planted a great number of
rows by sitting on the ground and using
a hand trowel. very slow work. then
towards the end of the planting i said to
myself that this was really silly so i
stood up, grabbed the pointed hoe and
did my seed drills with that. then i
walked along and dropped the seeds about
at the right spacing. the problem with
that method is that the wind is rarely
calm here enough to get a straight drop
so i had to lead the wind. meaning some
fiddling with the seeds that missed getting
them nudged into place. still speeded up
the planting by quite a bit. this year
i hope to get it all done in a week
instead of three weeks.
the pvc tube came along as it was fallen
on the side of the road from someone hauling
stuff. i hate leaving trash along the road
so picked it up. this spring i was pondering
how to beat the wind drift without getting
too complicated and so i trimmed the broken
bits off and it worked well enough to make
me want a nicer wooden alternative.
i think in the back of my mind was the
example of the pelletized seeds and the
air hoses to move them around for mass
planting in greenhouse operations.
i have a bamboo flute that hollowed out one
of the nodes to get the right length. very
haven't worked with bamboo when it is green
ever so can't say how easy splitting would be.
to hollow out with a super long drill bit
would likely be a challenge, but possible as
the bit could at least self center using the
width of the shaft to guide the point. just
would need different long bits based upon size
of bamboo tube itself.
what is a steamboat? i've not heard this expression
before as applied to bamboo or anything to do with
gardening. just the usual river/lake chuffing along
bamboo is very useful, but around here the types
that grow don't get big and are pests. some of my
recent readings in the permaculture books puts
plantings of them on islands in ponds to keep them
glad to see you got out from under the truck.
hope things are well for you down there? :)
six holes, C scale, actually too long for my
hands to play comfortably (my pinkie finger is
too small to cover the hole reliably and my hands
cramp after a while) but i don't have the heart
to sell it.
it was smoked and shellacked.
ah, thus the smoking and shellacking...
likely would work somewhat other than the bounce
of the seeds, but if you keep the angle shallow
enough that would probably be controllable.
if it flowered/fruited it was life cycle.
usually the entire stand will go at once.
you're the first person i've ever heard say
they are having a hard time getting it to
spread. :) usually i hear about it the other
way (that it's too invasive), but perhaps you
have one of the slower growing varieties that
are supposedly not so invasive...
i just turned 50 this year, the 70s were
tough enough. i did my time in the stupidity
trenches. learned my lessons. got on with
life. being stoned is just fine, not for me
any more tho.
'k. take good care of yourself.
what type of beans you plant this season?
i have some pics of seedlings that i have to
edit/post. decided i would do a sprout group
as they are very fun/cute/interesting, but i'm
not in that mood tonight so...
it's been rather cool here the past few nights.
we have plants to put out in the gardens, but with
it being too cool i don't want to plant for a bit
yet. we'll hold off a few more days and then see
what the forecast is like.
instead i've been weaving a trellis for climbing
beans. the old grape trellis gets a second life.
it's in an unfenced area so i have to come up with
some deterrents for critters and hope there is a
harvest. it's overflow area, not too hard to
enclose with a tall fence, so i will likely do that
at some point in the future, but i didn't want to
spend money on fencing if i can get away with
less expensive measures first. looks like a great
crop of strawberries this year even in that back
overflow patch. except the deer have been through
and we have woodchucks around too. i'm still
determined to give that back patch a try without
too many added measures. it is after all partly a
decoy area so that the critters can munch on that
and leave the rest of the yard alone...
it is it's own reward. i shouldn't say anything.
i read a 30something book series this past winter
that was mostly useless fluff...
i hope they work out well for you. the onions
are all planted here for now. i have some seeds
i should scatter someplace and a few odds and
ends to plant, but the mass beds are in. some
already well up and growing strong (they like
our springs seem to be about that the past few
years. the crocuses are up and gone rather quickly.
probably the best tulip year i've ever had in
terms of quality/disease pressures/weather/bloom
length. which seems rather strange in comparison
to how the crocuses did. you'd think that the
tulips would do better with a little cooler
weather too, but in the end it was the mostly
lack of rain and few frosts that helped them the
you're sick. :) some day i'll have to put some of
my snow pics on-line just to keep you appreciative of
let me know how they turn out. i'm always
interested in bean/pea/peapod tales.
that is part of the reason for doing it, plus
the cuteness/artistic aspects. i hope one of my
shots of a turnip seedling turns out as there
was an ant carrying a dandelion seed (including
the bit of fluff/fuzz) going by. the next rainy
day that project is top of the list.
oh, wow, good one, i could get shots of
queen-anne's-lace which should be close
enough for carrot family...
tulips are marginally edible for most people
(a wimpy onion taste), i'd not eat them here as
it's much easier to grow onions/garlic anyways.
tulip bulbs i can often gift or trade for other
plants. the other aspect i like them for is
they are heavy pollen producers (the sticky
pollen that doesn't float around nearly as
much as some other pollens) and the bumblebees
and other bees are quite fun to watch harvesting
many wildflowers are not common here. almost
all borders of farm fields are sprayed or mowed to
kill them off or keep them from blooming. even
some of the rare and endangered flowers get hit by
we consider it a part of the entertainment...
yesterday and today's funny phrases: "Christmas
bacon" and "crapass".
ok, i won't torture you with snow pictures...
at least not for the near future.
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