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Tips and Tricks

May 18th, 2017

I’m an efficient person, my mind is always trying to figure out how to maximize time and effort. I probably missed my calling in life and should have become someone who consults businesses on efficiency and process. When I garden, my mind is always trying to find ways to maximize my time and effort. There’s always a yard stick in my garden, laying in wait for planting and seeding time. I noticed this year that my yardstick was no longer legible. After considering my options, I realized that marking my long handled garden tools would be the best way to have a measuring stick at hand all the time.

Long handled tools are generally long enough to mark out at least 3 and a half feet, which is about the most I ever need. Now I can start measuring out the distance between my tomato and pepper stakes without hunting for the yardstick.

How do you measure for planting?

3 Comments to “Tips and Tricks”
  1. Victoria Howell on May 18, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Susie, that is very clever! I’ll certainly be marking my tools with dimensions I use regularly.

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  2. AGinPA on May 18, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    That is brilliant. I usually just wing it but it would be extremely useful to have a measuring stick already in the garden. I’ll be doing this to my longest handled shovel tomorrow.

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  3. bonnie knox on May 19, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    One great tip for me is to know that the span between my outstretched thumb and pinkie is 8 inches. Three spans quickly measures 2 feet. It’s “handy.”
    I can easily grab a dried stalk of some sort and measure with my hand, and break the stalk to the length I want to mark off spacing.
    I like the idea of marking your tool handle; that’s clever and efficient.

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