Today's Quote

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Planting with a Purpose

Most seed packets for the garden recommend that you use a method of broadcast seeding. This is when you simple scater your seeds along a row and then when the seedlings come up you thin them out. This is not the most productive method of planting and is actually very wasteful. In times past this method of seeding was never used even by the larger scale farmers. Seed was expensive and not to be wasted. Farmers of times past planted with a purpose and that purpose was that every seed possible produce a viable plant. In order to do this we must go back to the old way of seeding our garden, planting each individual seed in the spot that you wish it to grow into a full sized plant. We plan to do this in our pasture this year as we plant a cover crop. Simply use your finger to make a small hole and plant each individual seed. No waste! It is more time consuming, I think that is why there was the movement to just scatter and thin out. I don't plan on wasting my seeds this year, I am going to take the time needed and enjoy a bountiful plentiful harvest from each and every seed.

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