20160326AIt is easy enough to space medium-sized and large seeds correctly at sowing time, but what about very fine seed? And some seeds are so small they are almost like dust!

Well, here’s a handy tip: use a saltshaker!

Mix the seeds with 2 teaspoons of fine sand, pour the mixture into a saltshaker (please remove the salt first!) and shake the mix evenly over the area to be covered. Since sand is paler than moist growing mix, you’ll be able to see if you’ve missed a spot or two.

Such fine seeds don’t need to be covered with soil, so when you’ve finished applying them, just spray the tray with water and you’re done.

Come germination, you’ll be surprised at how evenly the seeds are spaced.

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, laidbackgardener.blog will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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