Here's how they worked when I tested the idea in my garden. I needed to plant some more garlic cloves and beets and carrots. I wanted to plant them in evenly spaced rows but that takes some time.
First, I prepped the bed by removing the last plant stuff from what I had harvested. Then I raked the beds smooth. It just looks better to me when I'm planting if I start with smooth beds. It also helps me see where I have planted.
|My plants are happier when they are grown in nice,|
even and good looking grow beds.
|Sorry for the fuzzy photo. You can still see the 12" marking on|
my marking stick.
|Evenly spaced impressions, ready for garlic.|
When I had planted 10 feet of bed (that's 270 more garlic plants), I moved on to beets. For these I used the 16/square foot marker. I planted 4 feet (that's 12 square feet of beets) Then I moved on to the carrots and planted 4 more feet (for 12 square feet of carrots).
I planted nearly 200 beets and 200 carrots and 270 garlic cloves in less than an hour. I was most impressed.
Then I sifted some compost on to the seeds, covered the whole area in straw and watered it down. 48 square feet of garden planted with nearly 700 plants in an hour. Wow. I'm hooked.
|Freshly harvested compost from my Backyard|
Black Gold Machine.
|Straw for mulch. I live in the desert. I can't|
afford the water if I don't mulch.
Total cost? $0.00 I had everything on hand, left over from other projects.
Thanks, Earl Fincher. You're a genius. Can't wait to plant the rest of my winter garden this week. And my seed starts, and next spring's garden....