Image from page 109 of "American homes and gardens" (1905)
Title: American homes and gardens
Publisher: New York : Munn and Co
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In starting plants fromseed, flats may be made Many failures in seed-starting are due to soil that is notfitted for this purpose. Richness is no advantage—in fact,is a drawback—but a physical condition which will retainmoisture and at the same time let any surplus water drainoff at once, and will not tend to form a crust, is the mostvital factor in success with seeds. Such a soil it is difficultto find ready at hand; but it may be easily prepared by or else that several half-inch holes are bored in each one,will provide you with flats—just what you want for start-ing vegetable seeds and large flower seed. For very fineflower seed, such as Begonias, Heliotrope, Petunias, etc., afew seed-pans—which are made by the flower-pot manu-facturers—will be more convenient to handle; though ifone cannot readily get them, a flat in which one row or so 68 AMERICAN HOMES AND GARDENS February, 1913
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1. Place rough material in the bottom of the box before putting in the soil. 2. Scatter seed thinly and evenly in rows two or three inchesapart. Fine seed is simply pressed into the soil. Note the seed board and dibber at end of the flat is given to each of the several varieties of fine-seeded flow- enough moisture will soak up from the saturated dirt below. ers, and which can be looked after with special care, will SOWING THE seeds answer the purpose. Cigar boxes are sometimes used, but In the seemingly simple operation of sowing the seeds they dry out very quickly. there are two things to be guarded against. The first is preparing the BOXES putting them in too thickly; sow thinly, and then if there are So important is the matter of thorough drainage that, any seeds left over, throw them away or keep for a second besides having a porous soil, and open-<bottomed flats, still planting; if the seedlings come up crowded they cannot further precaution is taken by filling the flat about
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