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.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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