Seeding Templates And Stamps

template to place seeds 2 inches apart. Planting template

We plant our vegetables much denser than usually recommended. The root vegetables and leafy greens we plant in raised beds are only 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Though they are planted densely, they are planted in straight lines, equally spaced. That makes weeding easier too. Weeding is the most time-consuming task for us. Though we don’t have many plant diseases or bugs to deal with, we have an unbelievable amount of weeds each year. It’s not easy to differentiate them from the desired plants when they are tiny. If the seeds are planted this way, we know whatever tiny things emerging every two inches are, most likely, the ones we planted.

Seeding template tool, showing the pegs that make holes.
Seeding template

We use a couple of homemade templates and tools to make the planting easier. This one makes holes 2 inches ( 5 cm) apart. It’s made of 6 inch ( 15 cm) wide pine boards and 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) diameter oak dowels. Galvanized iron pipe is used for handles.

That’s perfect for our root vegetables and small leafy greens. First the soil is loosened with a small cultivator. A leaf rake is used to level the top of the soil and to remove any rocks or debris. Then the soil top is made damp with a fine spray of water.

Backside of the seeding template tool, showing the handles
Backside of the seeding template 

This tool is used to stamp holes then. The handles make them easy to press down and lift up. It’s just long enough to fit the width of the bed; makes about 1200 or so holes per bed. The tedious job is to place seeds into each of the holes.

A DIY tool for planting line. Much easier than using twine and stakes.
Planting line set

This is used for planting tomatoes and other large plants that need bigger holes, in straight lines. It’s made of a fishing reel and fishing line. Fishing reel makes it very easy to extend the line and wind it back, without tangling. A lot better than using just stakes and a line.

Showel handle with markings, to measure planting hole distances easily.
Shovel handle with markings

Our digging tools’ handles have markings for measurement. That way we can avoid using measuring tapes too.

Two templates for seed placement in garden. One with holes 3 inches apart and the other 4 inches apart
Seeding boards

We also have a couple of seeding boards with equally spaced holes. Drop a seed into each hole and gently press with a wooden dowel. That will result in a dense, but equally spaced, set of plants.

Template to place seeds in the garden. Planting template
Large Planting template

This is a tool we use for transplanting 3/4 inch and 2-inch (1.9 cm and 5 cm) soil blocks. The pins on this are made of 2×2 inch (5cm x 5cm) construction lumber. We use it to plant onion sets in some years too.

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