Spring Planting 2012

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It looks like a green, long-necked snail, this strange, free gardening tool that showed up in my order of garden seeds.

My broken arm has healed just in time for spring gardening or spring therapy—however you want to look at it. I already have enough things that get in the way of writing so you'd think I'd give up gardening, but I can not.

These days, not only the cost of gas, but the cost of seeds have gone up. Still, if you can start your own plants from seed, it's much more reasonable than shelling out five dollars for a single vegetable or flower plant. The trouble is that some of the seeds are exquisitely small and each seed package only contains a whisper of seeds. This tool allows you to pick up a single seed and deposit it exactly in the spot you want. No scattered seeds. In the belly of the bulb is a little pull-out plug that contains three different size heads for different size seeds. You simply squeeze the bulb to pick up a seed and then squeeze it again to deposit it in the soil. I thought--how silly, but I discovered it's a really a useful item. You can purchase it from Parker Seeds.

You don't need to be a master gardener or have much space to be able to produce great plants that you can share with family and friends. 

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This is my makeshift cold frame. When the plants get large enough, they need to be hardened off. Cool nights strengthen them, but of course, if it's too cold or windy or rainy, you can easily kill off your baby seedlings. So when my seedlings get too large for the bio-dome, I transplant them into individual containers and arrange them in a square in the back yard. I place about 6 wire plant supports that I use for summer flowers around the plants and place clear plastic sheeting over the supports. Then I place bricks around to hold the sheeting in place.  It's crude, but it works. Of course, various online gardening sites will sell you a cold frame for about $80.

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