Seed Germination

 

 

 

Better seed germination in your garden

Paul Schnare

Saturday, May 3, 2003 

 

When springs are cool and damp, seeds planted in gardens, especially corn, beans, and curcubits (squash, zucchini, cucumbers), rot before they germinate.  In order to alleviate this problem plant your seeds in a mound or in a ridge.  You can create your ridge or mound, and then sew your seeds, or you can lay your seeds on the soil surface and then mound an inch or two of soil over the seed. 

The soil on a ridge or mound, surrounding vegetable seeds, will dry out faster than soil level with the rest of the garden.  In addition, soil on a ridge or mound will warm up faster than soil level with the rest of the garden. 

Try the ridge or mound planting technique.  I think you will find that you get better seed germination, especially when soils are cool and moist.