Step 1

Use Tight String to Make Straight Planting Row

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Create a Drill

For easy sowing, buy seeds that are attached at intervals to a biodegradable tape, which can simply be laid in the drill. For a straight row, pull a string line tight across the seed bed and make a V-shaped drill by dragging the corner of a hoe along the string. Make the drill about 1 inch deep for beet seeds (the depth varies for different crops).

Step 2

Space Beet Seeds at Even Intervals Along Row

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Sow Seeds

Pour seeds into the palm of your hand and sow them one at a time at 2-inch intervals along the row. (Spacings vary for different seeds according to their size; tiny seeds should be sown as thinly and evenly as possible.)

Step 3

Use Back of Rake to Gently Push Soil Over Seeds

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Push Soil Over Drill

As soon as sowing is complete, use the back of a rake to push the soil gently over the drill. Mark the row clearly with a plant label so you know what you have sown where, and don’t disturb the germinating seeds.

Step 4

Thin Out Seedlings to Create Space in Row

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Remove Excess Seedlings

Keep rows free of weeds. Remove excess seedlings by pulling them out with their roots, or pinching them off at soil level when they are large enough to handle. This ensures that the remaining plants have enough space.