The 6 most common types of planting


Did you know that you can choose between different ways of sowing in your organic garden ? Mainly, one or another sowing technique is chosen based on the vegetables that we are going to grow, but other factors are also taken into account such as the space needs that the plant will require once it is adult, the dimensions of the seed and the land in which we are going to sow, etc.

These are the ways of sowing that are most commonly used among market gardeners:

Most common types of planting

1.- Sowing in seedbeds or seedlings

It is used when we want to protect the seeds from adverse weather conditions (or not very conducive to their germination and growth), when we want to increase the chances of germination, when the seedlings are more delicate, etc.

We can prepare the seedlings reusing small containers or acquire them already made and, depending on the external conditions, they can be outdoors or covered to avoid wind, frost or heavy rains.

With this way of sowing we have greater control over the germination and growth process of the seedling, yes, afterwards they will have to be transplanted and during this step we must be very careful not to cause damage to the roots and cause stress in the small plant.

2.- Sowing in holes

Also called chorrillo sowing, it is a technique that is usually used with large seeds. We can put a seed for each hole or put several seeds for each hole.

To carry out this sowing technique we must make holes in line with the help of a planter in the area in which we are going to sow. Once the holes are made, we place the seeds and cover them carefully.

3.- Broadcast seeding

This way of sowing consists of taking a handful of seeds that we have previously mixed with a little sand and dispersing them throughout the land in which we want to grow. The seeds are then covered with a thin layer of sand to prevent them from moving.

4.- Staggered sowing

It is a type of planting that is usually used when growing in terraces to better organize the plants, so that they have enough space and thus be able to make better use of the available space.

Zigzag holes are made with the planter, as in hole or trickle planting.

5.- Precision sowing

This technique is carried out through machinery focused on this purpose, which has the benefit of saving a lot of work and time for the gardener, especially if it is going to be sown in large areas. The machine is previously calibrated to establish parameters such as depth and distance at which we want to sow and then place the seed.

6.- Sowing in rows

It is a sowing technique that consists of making a furrow in a line in variable depth according to the size of the seed that we are using and then the seeds are placed. We will place them more or less together according to the dimensions that the plant will acquire when it reaches adulthood in order to leave enough space. Then we cover the seeds without pressing the earth excessively.


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