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What do you think about this New product for SFG?

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Post  EatYourVeggies on 2/20/2012, 4:48 pm

I'm a Life Member of National Home Gardening and receive a few e-mails each week in general, but also announcing new products. Today's product consisted of the item below, used for spacing your seeds in a straight line, presumably in a row garden. Shocked

Just as I was about to dismiss it, I paged down a bit to read that they claim their product is perfect for SFG. Well, that got my interest, and while I'm still not 100% sold, I thought I'd share with all of you, and see what the general consensus is. Wink

http://easyseeder.com/

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Re: What do you think about this New product for SFG?

Post  arla on 2/20/2012, 5:06 pm

I don't recall what Mel called it, but I know that one of the phrases used in the book was something like "exact placement is NOT required" this seems like overkill, also seems (to me) like it wouldn't work that well for SFG squares since you still have to figure the row spacing (or whatever you want to call it).

Now, a set of these, but square, with one with a single hole, 4 holes, 9 holes and 16 holes, that I MIGHT go for, since it could make it a bit easier, but again, the method presented in the book seemed straightforward enough to me for, well pretty much anyone.

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Post  navajas on 2/20/2012, 5:11 pm

I already have a pair of easy seeders: six and three year old boys. The precision is just not there but I'm betting the benefits outweigh carrots an inch off here and there.

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Post  CindiLou on 2/20/2012, 5:16 pm

I have a 5yr old easy seeder..that is better trained this year lol...all I have to pay him is strawberries lol

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Post  quiltbea on 2/20/2012, 5:18 pm

I certainly like the idea of it, if sowing in rows, but with seeding only a square or two at a time, I don't see the need for it. The spacing isn't ideal for our SFG squares anyway.

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Post  RoOsTeR on 2/20/2012, 6:22 pm

I would never pay the price, but I would rather have one of these:
http://www.territorialseed.com/product/379

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Post  landarch on 2/20/2012, 7:18 pm

how about building something like this...



Make plywood bases just smaller than 12" x 12" square so they fit inbetween the SFG grids, drill holes, glue dowels, etc. If you just drilled holes, you could use a pencil or finger to mark the seed spacing.

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Post  jamesindetroit on 2/20/2012, 7:25 pm

Hmmm.. I watched a guy pour all his 'mater seeds into a bin...grabbed a pair of tweezers...and tweezed and tucked away....I like the ol' finger and drop method myself...

More hands on I spose..

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Post  snibb on 2/20/2012, 7:39 pm

I'm with you on that one. Too much thinking to do all of that, isn't it?

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Post  Lindacol on 2/20/2012, 8:09 pm

@landarch wrote:how about building something like this...



Make plywood bases just smaller than 12" x 12" square so they fit inbetween the SFG grids, drill holes, glue dowels, etc. If you just drilled holes, you could use a pencil or finger to mark the seed spacing.



Here you go:

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t5620-square-foot-planting-template

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seed spacing tool

Post  landarch on 2/20/2012, 8:40 pm

thanks for the link...it was too good of an idea for someone not to have come up with it before...I had to throw it out there.

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Post  littlejo on 2/20/2012, 8:49 pm

Did I miss something?

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Post  landarch on 2/20/2012, 9:16 pm

I posted in the wrong spot...it was about a seed spacing tool under the post (What do you think about a New product for SFG)

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Post  RoOsTeR on 2/20/2012, 9:23 pm

Hey landarch, I think I moved it to where you want it Wink

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Re: What do you think about this New product for SFG?

Post  littlejo on 2/20/2012, 10:02 pm

@littlejo wrote:Did I miss something?

You know, I was not replying to this. My reply went into another topic?

I don't remember which it was, but there were only a couple posts to that thread, which was not making any sense. oh well. Jo

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Post  EatYourVeggies on 2/21/2012, 1:34 am

@landarch wrote:how about building something like this...



Make plywood bases just smaller than 12" x 12" square so they fit inbetween the SFG grids, drill holes, glue dowels, etc. If you just drilled holes, you could use a pencil or finger to mark the seed spacing.

This is a great illustration and I had done almost exactly as you have pictured. I wish I could take the credit, but had taken an idea or two from Google, combined them and essentially ended up with the same thing. Did you do the illustration above on a CAD program or borrow it from the Web?

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Post  shannon1 on 2/21/2012, 3:33 am

I only have two words to say "zip,zap"

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Post  newstart on 2/21/2012, 10:57 am

cool idea.

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Post  camprn on 2/21/2012, 6:24 pm

Here is another one, but different.
http://chiotsrun.com/2009/03/19/square-foot-gardening-templates/

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Post  BackRiver_SFG on 2/22/2012, 8:31 am

I am intrigued with tool posted on this thread. Good clear plans posted as well on how to make it. I used some scrap wood to make a template for 16 plants, 4 plants (pictured) and 9 plants. One of the circle cut-outs is my soil packer now. I used the wooden dowel from a foam brush and attached to the circle. (pictured at top)

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When Planting I lay down the template, sprinkle some seeds in the center and push them with my trowel to the destination. I then sprinkle a little seeding soil on top. I then remove the template and there is a little mound of fresh soil hiding the newly sowed seeds. Just another idea.

I ended up changing the 1/2 gal/hour drip emitter with a 360 degree sprinkler.

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Post  quiltbea on 2/22/2012, 10:17 am

joe.....You sure are handy with the tools. Great templates.

For watering purposes, instead of that mound of soil, I would think it better to have a shallow saucer around the seeds so the water can go directly to the root area. With the template in place, why not just shape a saucer with your fingers, drop in the seed, cover lightly with soil, then remove the template. With that wide opening in your template, its an ideal format. Just a thought.

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Post  BackRiver_SFG on 2/22/2012, 5:00 pm

@Quiltbea- I will check out that book you mentioned. Good point on making the imprint and then putting seeds and soil on top. I don't want my 1st watering to roll off of the target.

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