Planting Seeds Using a High Tech Tool

Wow, spring is progressing at a dizzying pace.  There is so much to do and so little time to do it.  It seems that everyone in the neighborhood was out yesterday busily preparing for the coming warm months.  It is such an exciting time of the year.  Spring always feels like a new beginning with new hopes and dreams to me.  I’ve been doing lots and lots of garden planning and seed planting amongst other springy things.   As a result, I wanted to show you one of the high tech tools that I use.

Pencil Planting ToolWell, actually it is not very high tech at all, it is a common number two pencil.  In my defense, it is a modified number two pencil, that’s why I call it high tech.

On the back of most seed packages you will find the planting depth or how deep to plant a particular seed. Vegetable, flower, and herb seeds are commonly planted at depths from 1/8″ to 2″.  If you plant seeds too deep or too shallow, they may fail to germinate and grow. I’m not very good at estimating a depth of 1/8 or 1/4 of an inch in soil.

So, my solution to this problem is the handy, dandy high tech planting pencil.  It starts out as an everyday, ordinary number two pencil which is then sharpened.  Next, break or cut off the point, so that none of the graphite center is exposed.  You still want a point, but not a sharp one.

Using a Sharpie and a tape measure, measure and mark the planting depths that you want.  This one is marked at 1/4″, 1/2″, 1″, 1 1/2″, and 2″, but use whatever depths you think that you will use most often.  I have many of these tools with different markings for different types of planting.  I scratched the paint off at the marks, so that the light pencil wood give a nice contrast against the soil when you plant seeds.

Voila, you now have your own customized, high tech planting tool.  To use it, simply push it into the soil to the appropriate depth for the seed that you are planting and drop your seeds into the resulting hole.  Cover with loose soil and wait for the miracle of germination to start.

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Happy Gardening!!!


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