I plant a LOT of seeds, and sometimes it can be challenging to keep on top of varieties with similar looking seeds. Especially those like peas and beans, which benefit from a brief soaking before sowing. Two of my favourite pole beans, ‘French Gold’ and ‘Emerite’ have seeds that are almost identical, and if I’m not careful, I could quickly mess up my planting plan. I needed a simple solution; which led to my seed sowing hack.
Seed sowing hack:
A few weeks ago, I was rifling through the ‘miscellaneous’ cupboard in my kitchen and I found a few old popsicle trays – their original tops long gone. I was going to toss them in the recycling bag, but then I had an idea – I could use them to organize my seeds!
Popsicle trays are large enough for big seeds like peas and beans, and deep enough to hold the plastic or wooden tags, so the varieties don’t get mixed up. These simple trays also make pre-soaking seeds a snap! Add your seeds and tags, top with water, and take the tray up to the garden with you a few hours later. No need to juggle several containers!
I’ve even started to use popsicle trays for sowing the seed of annual flowers like sunflowers, sweet peas, nasturtiums, and zinnias. Do you have a favourite garden hack?