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Scatter and Poke Seeding

In No Guff Vegetable Gardening we show readers that there's more than one "right" way to garden. And this applies to seeding too. If you aren't a fan of straight rows, here is another way of seeding: Scatter and poke.

Here's what we say in No Guff Vegetable Gardening:


Here’s a great way for home gardeners to simplify planting peas and beans. It might make market gardeners chuckle, but it’s actually quite practical in the home garden, where, instead of long, well-spaced rows planted for mechanical cultivation, we are dealing with small plots.

Steve’s kids love this method, and can be heard repeatedly saying, “poke” as each seed goes in the ground.

  1. Scatter the seeds on the soil.
  2. Move them around until it looks as if there are approximately 10–15 cm (4–6 inches) between seeds.
  3. Then “poke” them into the earth with a finger, to a depth of 2–4 cm (1–2 inches).
  4. Scatter some soil to fill the holes.


 Beet seeds are good candidates for this too, though they’re a bit harder to see as they’re dark like the soil.