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Plant Seeds Without Bending

By JuneBug
August 25, 2011

To plant seeds without stooping over; cut a comfortable length of hose or pipe and drop the seeds through it.

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Aug 24, 2011 6:02 PM CST
Never heard of this one, thanks Junebug!!!
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Aug 24, 2011 6:05 PM CST
Wow! Junebug, that is a grand idea....You are so smart..
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Aug 24, 2011 6:17 PM CST
Great idea for those with bad backs! Thumbs up
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Horseshoe
Aug 24, 2011 6:20 PM CST
Glad to see this tip. I used to plant beans that way, using a piece of pvc pipe, drop a bean in the hole, skooch the hole closed, drop another, etc. I even had a funnel at the top end to make it easier to hit the pipe hole.

Good going, Junebug!

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Aug 24, 2011 6:57 PM CST
What a clever idea and I've never heard of doing this.

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Aug 24, 2011 7:53 PM CST
Great idea.
Reminds me of this little You Tube video someone sent to me. It's a little hillbilly but kinda cute.

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Aug 24, 2011 7:59 PM CST
Super idea! Keeps the knees from hurting, for sure!
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Aug 24, 2011 8:06 PM CST
I agree
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RickCorey
Aug 24, 2011 8:09 PM CST
Nice!

I may try a spoonfull of vermiculite, then the seed, then more vermiculite.

If you don't want to chop up a hose, clear Tygon tubing is usually sold by the foot in hardware stores.

I plant out seedling from inserts or small pots without bending by using a short-handled spade with a narrow blade (trenching spade or "sharpshooter spade").

It's handy for digging the hole, then I put the seedling and root ball onto the spade, position the spade beside the hole, and then tilt it untill the seedling slides in.

I can nudge the seedling upright against one wall of the hole using the spade.

Then I use the spade to push soil aginst the root ball until it's fixed in place, and firm down around it.

It also provides several extra feet of "reach", so even limber folks might consider using it!

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Aug 24, 2011 11:04 PM CST
Thanks so much for the tip Junebug. Who would have thought gardening can get easier for this old crankedy lady.
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Aug 24, 2011 11:53 PM CST
Good tip Junebug!

Funny video Susie!
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Aug 24, 2011 11:54 PM CST
wow - my knees will love this tip, next spring! I'm trying to strengthen them up, but when spring comes, I may still be a little stiff from not planting/weeding for so long Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Whistling
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Aug 25, 2011 12:07 AM CST
Yep, I am trying to learn every trick that I possibly can that can make gardening easier as I age. I can work hard all day if I don't try to bend or squat a lot Thumbs up
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Aug 25, 2011 12:09 AM CST
Perfect photo, Margaret!
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JuneBug
Aug 25, 2011 12:30 AM CST
Shoe! Hurray! What a great idea Lovey dubby I had been using ¾" PVC and I missed the hole too many times Hilarious! I am going to duck-tape a funnel to the top now! Thumbs up
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Aug 25, 2011 4:48 AM CST
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Horseshoe
Aug 25, 2011 8:49 AM CST
"I am going to duck-tape a funnel to the top now!"

There ya go, Junebug...then you can proudly hang it on the side of your tool shed, where all can admire it and wonder what it is! Great conversation piece, too, eh!?

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Aug 25, 2011 8:56 AM CST
Thanks June! Smiling
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Aug 25, 2011 1:29 PM CST
Smart!
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valleylynn
Aug 25, 2011 2:11 PM CST
Great tip, especially with the funnel added. Thumbs up

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