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10 Tips for beginning Spring seed gardeners

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Every gardener was a beginner at one time, here's a few tips to help you get started with your first beginning seed garden (some of these came from James Parker's web blog):

1. Plan & sketch your Spring seed garden, keep a Garden Journal of your soil and planting activities.

2. Be realistic, keep your Spring seed garden area small... planting a large spring seed garden means more maintenance, more soil to work. Consider starting small until you get the feel for seed gardening. A larger Spring garden planting next year is a good idea for beginners.

3. Allow room to walk between rows to make maintenance of your spring seed garden easier and less time consuming until you get the hang of it.

4. Pick a yard spot that will be sunny most of the day on your garden Choose a variety of seed types that do best in Spring sun.

5. Save your seed packages for labels so you remember where you planted a particular seed type.

6. Save popsicle sticks to attach seed packages to label rows by sticking sticks in Spring garden soil.

7. Soak beans and peas before planting in Spring soil to speeds the germination process rapidly (24 hours is sufficient unless beans are very large).

8. Rub the hard outer shells of large seeds with extra fine sandpaper to also minimize germination time after planting in Spring garden soil.

9. For smaller seeds, duplicate the sandpaper effect by placing the seeds in a jar with fine gardening sand. Shake seeds and sand together, then broadcast seeds and sand into the planting area soil you want for the seeds to grow.

10. Really small seeds can be spread more evenly by using salt or pepper shakers. Or make your own shaker by punching nail holes in bottom of a tin can or plastic coffee can.

See the author's other gardening articles for more helpful hints.

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