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Soil Tamper with Dan

Martha Stewart Living Television

A soil tamper is an easy alternative to using your fingers or the back of your hand to smooth soil while sowing seeds. Dan Hinkley of Heronswood Nursery demonstrates how to make your own with a few tools and two scraps of wood.

Tools and Materials

  • Planting pot
  • Plywood (1/8 to 1/2 inch thick)
  • Jigsaw
  • Scrap wood for handle
  • Wood glue
  • Nail
  • Hammer

Making a Soil Tamper How-To
1. Choose a pot to sow your seeds. Turn it upside down, and trace the outline of the rim onto a piece of plywood. Using a jigsaw, cut out shape slightly smaller.

2. Use a small piece of scrap wood for the handle. Apply wood glue to one end, and glue to tamper. Nail a hole in the center of the tamper side and through the handle.

Dan Hinkley, Heronswood Nursery Ltd., Kingston, Washington, 360-297-4172

Daniel J. Hinkley and Roy Lancaster, "The Explorer's Garden: Rare and Unusual Perennials" (Timber Press; 1999)

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