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  • MY PLANTING SYSTEM

    Posted on May 31st, 2011 Pam No comments

    Okay, so it is getting closer and closer to the time to plant. Are you ready for my secret planting system? After gathering information from my Parents, neighbors, friends and books, I came up with this system. It is pretty simple and I use it for almost everything I plant.

    First, make sure the soil isn’t too wet to work and plant. Planting in wet soil will pack it down, making it hard and forming clods.

    When planting in a wide or regular row, rake or hoe away the dirt to prepare the bed for planting. Remove all rocks and clods. Prepare a furrow, which is a row deep enough to plant the seeds. The depth of the row depends on the type of seed. For example, potatoes are planted about 8″ deep, peas 3-4″ deep, radishes & carrots 1/4″ deep. Next, if you are using a fertilizer, sprinkle it in the prepared bed. Then water the bed, be generous with the water, allow it to soak in. Next, plant the seeds and cover with soft soil or compost, usually three times the thickness of the seeds.

    IMPORTANT: WHEN YOU WATER THE ROW BEFORE PLANTING, DO NOT WATER THE SEEDS AGAIN UNTIL THEY ARE ABOUT 1″ TO 2″ TALL. IF YOU WATER THEM BEFORE THEY ARE ‘UP’, A CRUST WILL FORM AND THE PLANTS WILL HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME COMING UP THROUGH THE HARD CRUST. PEAS AND CARROTS WILL NOT COME UP THROUGH A CRUST.

    If you are planting single plants, such as peppers or tomatoes, dig a hole about 8 to 12″ deep. Put in about 2 tablespoons of garden fertilizer and then fill the hole with water. Next, plant the plant and give it a good drink of water.

    When I plant, I work on several rows at a time. First I make my rows, a section at a time, then fertilize all of them, next water them and so forth.

    Updated from my blog, gardenyourlife, Thursday, April 30, 2009

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