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Post  has55 on 10/2/2016, 5:22 am

Yesterday , I planted several vegetable seeds and onion and garlic bulbs. I watered the beds and covered it with cardboard to protect from the sun and hopefully hold water in the ground longer, thus speeding up germination. Has anyone tried this practice? Is there a risk for rotting or disease?


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Post  Kelejan on 10/2/2016, 11:00 pm

I would suggest checking often?   Maybe leave a square to see how it turns out.
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Post  has55 on 10/3/2016, 12:07 pm

I planted these seedlings about 7:00 pm to 8-PM Friday evening. In 60 hrs under the cardboard they are starting to emerged/ WOW!!! I didn't expect that. Has anyone else did this before me that can share their experience? It would be worth gold to me. I don;t have any to give, but the thought count.Very Happy


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Post  yolos on 10/3/2016, 2:19 pm

I usually use burlap to cover my seeds.  Keeps them a little moister and keeps the birds from eating the seeds.   But I do have to water the burlap daily to keep the soil below the burlap moist.  After the seed sprouts, I hang the burlap up to dry and fold it up and put in garage until the next time it is needed.
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Post  has55 on 10/3/2016, 3:26 pm

Great idea did the seeds germinate early ?
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Post  yolos on 10/3/2016, 11:08 pm

@has55 wrote: Great idea did the seeds germinate early ?
I did not take note if they were early.  I do it solely to keep them moist and keep the birds from stealing the seeds.
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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 10/3/2016, 11:27 pm

I planted some seeds today - I think I'll grab some cardboard from one of our containers and see how it goes Very Happy   I will let you know.  I've had a terrible time this year with seed germinating that was sown in place.  Too many birds around.
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Post  saganco on 12/11/2017, 9:43 pm

I know this is a fairly old thread, but just wondering if there was ever a final decision whether the cardboard actually helped the seeds germinate quicker (or stronger).
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Post  SQWIB Yesterday at 10:41 am

@saganco wrote:I know this is a fairly old thread, but just wondering if there was ever a final decision whether the cardboard actually helped the seeds germinate quicker (or stronger).

Yes my Oats and Crimson Clover absolutely benefit from this. Germination is a few days under wet cardboard.
It also keeps the birds from eating up the seeds when planting. As far as making them stronger, I have no clue.







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Post  saganco Yesterday at 1:15 pm

Thank you for the update SQWIB.  I'll give this a try!
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