In this climate we plant our spring seeds in the fall and winter and I have been waiting for every leaf to fall from this tree.

In order to plant the seeds, I need to remove all the leaves to get to the soil. Unfortunately, because I have many plants that grow during the winter, I have to pick out all the leaves by hand. No raking here.

I have come up for an inventive way to keep leaves off seedlings in smaller spaces with picnic tents that are normally used to keep bugs from food. Cleaning the bed by hand takes a little more work, but many of these plants are not available in nurseries and only do well with direct sowing.

17 Comments on “Waiting”

  1. Tina says:

    This winter nurturing of spring/perennial seeds keeps us on our gardening toes!

  2. shoreacres says:

    That’s a really creative solution. My first thought was that removing leaves by hand would be tedious, and then I remembered what I do for a living. Sanding wood can seem tedious when seen from the outside, but there something soothing about it, too.

    • Removing the leaves is a balancing act as I try not to step on plants already growing. As long as I focus on a small part at a time, it really isn’t so bad. I can also weed for a long time. My biggest trick is to listen to podcasts while I work.

  3. Cathy says:

    Nice idea! And the rain can seep through gently too. Must remember that. 😃

  4. pbmgarden says:

    Good for you getting those seeds on their way. Plenty of weeding needed here.

  5. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Clever idea! Any time spent in the garden is a good time. 🙂

  7. tonytomeo says:

    This is why we do not plant agaves under messy trees! Whatever falls into an agave stays there!

  8. Deb says:

    Looks like you have a nice bed of seedlings . Those little tents are cute .😀

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