Planting Board a Very Handy Tool
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Planting Board a Very Handy Tool

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One of the tools that I have been seeing for years on the Victory Garden TV show is a planting board similar to the one pictured. I always thought it was a practical garden tool, but it took me almost three years and hundreds of seedlings and thousands of seeds before I finally got comfortable making it myself.

Now that I’ve done that, I can’t believe I’ve ever lived without this tool. I use this board for planting almost every time I plant something new in my beds. Recently, I even used it to plant corn beds. This is a practical tool that every gardener should have if he wants to sow the seeds again or arrange the seedlings in evenly spaced rows.

The use of this planting board has several advantages. First of all, it provides an easy way to level the floor in the bed. I use the smooth side and simply move it on the floor using the edges of the bed as a guide surface. I throw the excess soil to the sides, but you can also pick it up and turn it over to another part of your garden or bed.

Then the planting board is a convenient way to make shallow furrows in the soil. Simply place the smooth end in the ground and press lightly, moving it back and forth. The depth of the row simply depends on how hard you press on the floor.

Then the distance between vegetable seeds or grafts thanks to the notches and labels will not be difficult. Just plant the seedlings or sow the seeds at the desired distance, cover them and get ready. If you come back after and need to thin out your plants, you can easily reach the desired distance with a board.

Direction

Making this tool is not difficult. I bought a 1 x 4 board and chose a six-foot length that I think fits well. You can use any type of tree you want. I made marks every three inches on my chalkboard with a permanent marker. On the six-inch and 12-inch marks, I made V-shaped incisions with a straight-edge jigsaw. The six-inch marks were one inch deep and the 12-inch marks were 1½ inches. This allows you to quickly get an image during seeding.

That was all that was included. The whole job took less than 30 minutes and I love my new garden tool. For a few dollars and just a few minutes, I now have a planting board that I will use frequently in the coming years. Do yourself a favor and do the same. Don’t wait as long as I have!

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