Here is a short video on planting some home made seed tape. It’s March and the weather is warming up- nights are below freezing but just barely and the day time temps are in the 50’s.
This seed tape I made with a strip of toilet paper and glued the radish seeds with simple water based glue. (Elmer’s school glue for paper). You could also make a simple water and flour paste.
If you want to see how to make seed tape check out my blog here. http://vickisgardentips.com/?p=868
When burying the seed tape, tap it down well so there is soil in contact with the paper and make sure there are no white parts sticking out above the soil. I have found that birds, while building their nest, will be attracted to the small bit of paper and next thing you know, your seed tape is no longer buried! I have never found it removed and taken to a nest, but I have seen it uncovered. Just a warning.
I really like the seed tape- it’s SO expensive to buy it from the nurseries, but easy and quick and inexpensive to make. Once night has fallen and you can no longer work outside, this is a project to undertake.
When dealing with tiny seeds, it’s so much easier to simply lay out the seed tape than to have to hold onto the minuscule seeds and try to sow them carefully. Give it a try!
Why not plant a few things now that will live after the frost and you will be eating greens until Thanksgiving!
Here are a few things you can plant now – there are many more, but once you read the list, I think you will get the idea.
It’s all the same things you can plant in early spring- they are hardy enough to take some frost. And if you add some straw or leaves on top of the bed, the carrots might make it through to spring. Vegetables to plant in September
In October, plant garlic.
I have purchased some frost cloth or row cover, as the company calls it. I plan on putting this over as many of the tomatoes as possible. I bought the Agribon 50, or AG-50 the heaviest weight Agribon, (1.5 oz/sq yd) from GrowOrganic.com. They say it protects crops and nursery stock in freezes down to 24°F, with 50% light transmittance.
Using the Agribon will be better than covering the tomatoes with blankets and sheets because of the light transmittance. I will not have to remove the Agribon during the day if I don’t have time to do so. When you use sheets, you really need to take them off during the day to allow the sun on to the plants.
Follow this blog in October and I will let you know how the frost cloth works!
I recently helped a friend get her raised bed started for the spring.
First, we scouted out the best location to place this. Because once it is filled with soil, its not going to be moved easily!
First, we checked for sun exposure. The bed will be used only to grow greens, not tomatoes, peppers or squashes. So it will thrive if it receives 5-6 hours of sun.
Second: Water. The lawn is overhead sprinkled and we wanted to be sure that it would be watered sufficiently. That will have to be checked more closely after the sprinklers are turned on for the season. For now, its great that they are not on, so the bed can be carefully hand watered with a watering can.
In the photo above, you can see the cuts in the center braces that hold the wooden slats. Putting it together took just a couple of minutes. This bed is 4 feet wide, 4 feet long and 8 inches tall. To fill the box we would need 16 cubic feet of garden soil. Since there is a problem of voles in the area, we stapled a layer of chicken wire to the bottom of the box. The chicken wire was about 3 foot wide, so we overlapped it with 2 layers through part of the box. That should deter those pesky varmints! After that, we added a layer of small rock to help with drainage. We had 3 small bags of rocks just enough to lightly cover the wire.
We bought 3 bags of garden soil, that were each 2.2 cubic feet. According to the label, they expand to 3 Cu. feet. One bag of soil on top of the rock, then a layer of perlite. Some benefits of perlite: prevents compaction – improves aeration and drainage.
Does not decompose – lasts for years.
Stimulates root initiation and vigorous growth. AND much cheaper than vermiculite! But be downwind when you spread it.
Then a layer of straw, more soil to finish up.