I have to make rows only about 10% of the time. But when needed and
with bare soil (most of my soil is covered with last year's leaves), I
just scratch a row with an old tent stake. I don't even need to
backfill it because I have made it an habit to mix my seeds with
Why are you thinking that you do not even need to backfill it because
you have made it an habit to mix your seeds with playsand?
"Lady Chatterly emailed me recently complaining that you seem reticent
about the severe defeat you suffered in the quote debate' with her.
She does not understand why you have to be such a sore loser and
refuse to respond to her any longer. What's up with that, Kenny
Kakes?" -- Daedalus
I make rows for tatsoi, arugula, carrots and lettuce. Those seeds are
small enough that being under a 1/8 of an inch of sand is enough. Keep
in mind that I mix one teaspoon of seeds to 1/2 gallon of sand.
: > >
: > >I have to make rows only about 10% of the time. But when needed and
: > >with bare soil (most of my soil is covered with last year's leaves),
: > >just scratch a row with an old tent stake. I don't even need to
: > >backfill it because I have made it an habit to mix my seeds with
: > >playsand.
: > Why are you thinking that you do not even need to backfill it because
: > you have made it an habit to mix your seeds with playsand?
: > --
: I make rows for tatsoi, arugula, carrots and lettuce. Those seeds are
: small enough that being under a 1/8 of an inch of sand is enough. Keep
: in mind that I mix one teaspoon of seeds to 1/2 gallon of sand.
Whatfor is it in your mind that Lady Chatterly is an human?
Two broom handles, string, and a tape measure. I've actually used a square to
keep the garden, well, square. And I use the tape to actually put the seeds
in the ground at the proper spacing. Please don't laugh at me. ; )
On Thu, 13 Jan 2005 11:21:25 -0500, "Ken Anderson"
How's about if we snicker quietly behind your back?
My "rows" have more in common with a snake than a square! Trying to
put everything in straight lines would waste space in some places and
crowd plants in others. And then there are the basil plants that pop
up between rows, I don't have the heart to pull them all up. Not to
mention those late or extra vegetable plants I always end up with,
I can sorta squeeze them in those odd corners and wiggles.
I find it torture to thin, also. About the tape measure, I use graph paper to
lay out the garden, so I've gotta use the tape to get everything just right.
Here's a freebie for making the paper:
My garden beds are 4' X 8'. I use 8' long 1X2 furr strips (actually 3/4 X 1
1/2) with shallow saw cuts at 2" and 3" along the length to space seeds at
multiples of 2" or 3" depending on the plant or seed, then plant on both
sides for the furr strip to make a double row. . There are usually four
double rows spaced 1' apart. As an example, I can get 72 onions or garlic
bulbs spaced at 5" (by interpolating) in one 4X8 bed. After planting, I
replace the furr strip with an 8' long drip tape for each double row spaced
4' apart on a 1/2 inch drip tape header. The drip system is transportable
between all of the 4X8 beds. Most of the tapes have been in use for about 8
years - some have had to be replaced when damaged by tools. Olin
My eyes and a hoe or shovel. I put to markers at either end of a row to
space where I want it and use a series of short straight strokes to get
fairly straight lines.
It doesn't really matter when growing watermelon, though. They vine out
from the seed in 4 or more directions.
I get more good eats than bad eats out of it so I'm happy.
Old computers are getting to be a lost art. Here at Uncreative Labs, we
Ok Guy's, Gals the reason I asked this question is that I am tired of using
a hoe to make my rows. My vegetable garden is usually 50 ft by 50 ft. or
A pretty good size "I think". I have a small garden tractor with a rear
hydraulic tiller attachment.
I usually amend my garden with compost & peat before spring then till and
make my rows by hand. I am not getting any younger so thought I would
purchase a hipper or furrower for my small tractor, a Catagory "0" 3-point
No one that I can find makes any attachment for the Lawn and Garden Variety
tractors that will make rows.
I ended up building a furrower attachment this weekend that will attach to
the back of my rear attached tiller.
I was just woudering if anyone had any better Ideas.
I have really enjoyed reading this thread and you all seem to be very
dedicated. Thanks for your replys and ideas.
The weather is beautiful in South Texas and I will have my Onions, Carrots,
Celery and a few others in the ground tomorrow.
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