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Making a Sowing Template for Half-Trays

Many people sow vegetable seeds in trays before pricking out and transferring the seedlings to small pots. However, scattering seeds randomly over the surface of the compost usually leads to small clumps of seedlings which are difficult to separate without damaging them. Sowing using one of these templates will save seeds and produce healthier seedlings which are easier to transplant.

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Materials & Tools

Styrofoam pizza base
Pencil with eraser

Adhesive tape

Scissors

 

 

Step 1

Click the image to the right to open a .pdf file of the template. Print out a copy.

Step 2

Cut around the outer rectangle, then tape the paper template to the foam pizza base.

Step 3

With the point of the pencil, make a hole in the foam at each point of the grid.

Step 4

Cut the foam around the outer edge of the paper template.

Step 5

This is the end of the pencil with the remains of the eraser removed from the metal ferrule making an ideal hole punch.

 

Step 6

Align the pencil over one of the marked positions, and twist it into the foam to make a larger hole.

Step 7

The metal ferrule removes a plug of foam, leaving a neat hole.

Step 8

Continue around the rest of the marked positions to complete the template.

Using your Sowing Template

 

Step 1

Fill a half-tray with finely sieved compost and firm it down using a Compost Press.

Step 2

Place the template on top of the compost.

Step 3

Push the point of a pencil through each of the holes in turn - a gentle twist seems to work well.

Step 4

Remove the template, to reveal a neat grid of holes.

Step 5

Sow one seed per hole, and pinch the compost closed around the seed.

Step 6

Gently spray with water so as not to wash the seeds around - I use an old shower cleaner bottle. Add a propagator cover if required.

 

 

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