Straight rows and good spacing can make your garden healthier, happier, and more productive. I remember my grandfather had a garden ruler and was methodical with his spacing of plants and seeds. For smaller seeds like carrots and beets I make garden seed tapes like the ones I made in this video. For larger seeds, however, a ruler with drilled holes is a simple but necessary tool every gardener needs. I drop the seed in according to the package’s recommended spacing, and then use a wooden dowel to press the seeds down to the proper planting depth. To keep my rows straight, I simply use garden twine between two stakes. It’s a ridiculously simple solution and the extra rewards your garden will produce will make you very happy!
1. Make your own garden ruler. Drill holes every inch so it’s useable for all seed types.
Use a wooden dowel to press the seed to desired depth and garden string to align perfectly straight rows.
2. If you’re not already saving your eggshells, start today! I save them all year specifically for my tomato plants. Eggshells are a great source of calcium and helps tomato plants regulate their water needs preventing issues like skin cracking and blossom end rot. And, the calcium in the eggshells allows tomatoes to reach their full flavor potential. I throw a handful of crushed shells in the planting hole along with a scoop of compost and organic fertilizer.
3. Starbucks offers “Grounds for the Garden” for free. After the coffee is brewed, much of the acidity is removed and is a perfect addition to your compost heap. I add it straight from the bag around the blueberry bushes. I’ve been doing this for a few years now and I’ve been rewarded with healthy plants and bumper crops. The grounds also make an excellent addition to your compost pile. As an added benefit, your garden will smell like your favorite coffee house!
So there ya go: 3 easy things you can do now for a more productive garden!