ByMegan Winkler

Jul 11, 2014

A backyard garden sounds like the ideal family project for many of us, but figuring out exactly where to plant each crop in order to maximize its potential isn’t always the easiest task. Seeding Square, a very handy square foot gardening tool developed by Karl and Jennifer Pratt, could be the answer you are looking for. This color coded seed spacer not only increases the yield of average home gardens while decreasing the time it takes to plant fruits, vegetables and herbs; it also makes gardening a fun activity that all members of the family can participate in.

How It Works

The Pratts have done all of the hard work for you. To use the Seeding Square, start with the seeds you want to plant in your garden. The user chart that is included in the seeding kit includes a color-coded listing of seeds that are most popular among home gardeners. If you pick a seed that is marked yellow in color on the chart, for instance, the yellow-ringed holes on the actual square piece of this tool will direct you to the best placement of seeds.

Simply place the Seeding Square in the soil to mark off the one square foot of space and use the Seed Dibber—a small wand-like tool—to press holes in the soil according to the color selected. When you remove the Seeding Square, there will be a perfect series of holes left in the soil. Then simply place a seed in each hole, cover and water as you would when planting in another way.

Seeding Square
Seeding Square

The Benefits of Seeding Square

First of all, the Seeding Square kit is so simple that even a very small child can use it. Karl and Jennifer have even gotten toddlers on board with the project to prove its ease of use. By providing a map for home gardeners, the kit also ensures that each type of plant gets the correct amount of space. There’s no guesswork to plant placement, and you’ll definitely make the best use of space using this little tool. Perhaps its best benefit is that it helps you to grow quality fruits, veggies and herbs right outside your door. Gardening right in your own yard means you get to control what goes on the food you eat. And that’s something I think we’d all love to do.

By Megan Winkler

Eco-nerd, solar power enthusiast, DIY diva and professional coffee drinker, Megan has written everything from courses in healthcare and psychology to interior design and cooking advice. She has a master’s degree in military history, owns two chainsaws, is a collector of strange trivia and a world renowned Pinterest pro. She is constantly looking for better ways to do things.