Vegetables and Fruit forum: 26 April 2017 Planting beets (Board Method)

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Name: Durgan
Brantford, ON, Canada (Zone 5a)
Durgan
Apr 26, 2017 11:26 AM CST
http://durgan.org/2017/April%2... 26 April 2017 Planting beets
A 25 foot row of Detroit Dark Red beet seeds were planted using the board method. Spacing was about 5 inches. Beets always thrive in my garden except some year’s the flea beetle damages the leaves.


Durgan Zone 5a
Brantford, ON Canada
http://durgan.org/2011/ Garden Journal
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Apr 26, 2017 2:10 PM CST
>> planted using the board method.

What is that method?

Oh! I followed the link, then went to http://durgan.org/?s=board+met...
and http://durgan.org/2010/05/27/p...

I see, put the board OVER the seeded row to keep humidity up and provide shade.
Name: Durgan
Brantford, ON, Canada (Zone 5a)
Durgan
Apr 26, 2017 2:59 PM CST
RickCorey said:>> planted using the board method.

What is that method?

Oh! I followed the link, then went to http://durgan.org/?s=board+met...
and http://durgan.org/2010/05/27/p...

I see, put the board OVER the seeded row to keep humidity up and provide shade.


You got an old link for some reason. My site was hijacked several years ago. And most of the links were destroyed. Anyway the printed detail is valid.

Dropping seeds in the soil and hoping they will germinate is often wishful thinking. By placing a board over the row of planted seed, germination is increased considerably. Sun does not bake the soil, rains cannot disturb the seeds, moisture retention is improved. The board is removed immediately upon the plants emerging. Some seeds do just fine without this type of protection, but in general most seeds benefit from the simple method. Carrots in particular. I now use the method for most of my direct seeded plants. Another thing if more watering is required simply pour on the board and enough seeps under to give the seeds a gentle wetting using a watering can.
Durgan Zone 5a
Brantford, ON Canada
http://durgan.org/2011/ Garden Journal
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
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RickCorey
Apr 26, 2017 4:10 PM CST
I also see an advantage in keeping cats and squirrels (or birds) from digging up the seeds. Where I live, every living thing seems to be attracted to freshly-turned soil.

I thought it was clever that you "prop the board up" on some small cross-sticks.
Name: Durgan
Brantford, ON, Canada (Zone 5a)
Durgan
Apr 26, 2017 4:42 PM CST
RickCorey said:I also see an advantage in keeping cats and squirrels (or birds) from digging up the seeds. Where I live, every living thing seems to be attracted to freshly-turned soil.

I thought it was clever that you "prop the board up" on some small cross-sticks.


When first starting, I laid the board on top of the row with no crosspieces. Those plants simply flattened out when they first emerged, and if left too long it was difficult for them to recover. I first started with carrot seed, since it dries quickly under a Sun. The board system was idea,. since then I use the board system where it is considered appropriate. The board protects from birds stealing the seeds, particularly corn.
Durgan Zone 5a
Brantford, ON Canada
http://durgan.org/2011/ Garden Journal

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