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centers, you will find a better selection in seed catalogs. You can purchase mechanical hand seed planters. Sold by various companies as “Mini Wand Seeder,” “Leaf Luster Seed Dials” and “Mini Seedmasters,” these mechanical devices are all designed for accurate placement of small seeds. Another creative way to get accurate seeding of small seeds is to use a salt shaker. Mix the seed that you want to sow in a salt shaker with a couple of teaspoons of fine sand. Shake the mixture to get the seeds evenly distributed through the sand. Then shake the mixture along the planting row. A pepper shaker might work a little better because of the larger holes in the shaker top. Another way to use the sand and seed combination is to mix a coarser grade of sand with the seed. Take a stiff piece of paper or a 4 x 6-inch card, fold it lengthwise to make a crease and then place the seed/sand mixture in the crease. Then gently tap the card as you follow down the seed row. If you have patience, you can also use tweezers to place seeds in the row or wet the end of a toothpick, pick up the seed and plant it. Some seeds are sold in “seed tapes.” The individual seeds are spaced at the proper intervals on the seed tape. The tape material, usually paper, dissolves when ex-

makes the smaller seed easier to handle. Pellet seed has a special coating, usually a clay type of material, to make the seeds larger. Children and gardeners with arthritic hands, weak eyesight or poor coordination find it easier to use pelleted seed. The wide spacing of seed helps eliminate thinning. When using pelleted seed, plant in moist soil and keep it moist because the coating must dissolve before the seed can germinate. While I have found some pelleted seed to be available in the seed racks in the retail garden

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