Mad Scientist Garden Tools

Since we are using the “square-foot” gardening method, we have been poking a lot of uniform and evenly-spaced holes in the ground. A lot of holes. A lot.
Solution: two 1/2″ inch wooden dowels, two 12×12″ inch wood boards, 1/2″ drill bit, and some ingenuity.

Join in and make one of these nifty tools for your garden too. Here’s how….

Step 1: Be awesome.

Step 2: Mark where you want to drill your holes on each board. The two most common spacings are 9 holes and 16 holes. 9’s are great for beets and Swiss chard while 16’s are perfect for carrots and green onions.


For the 16 hole square, mark a cross at 1 1/2″ inches, 4 1/2″ inches, 7 1/2″ inches, and 10 1/2″ inches both ways.

For the 9 hole square, mark a cross at 2″ inches, 6″ inches, and 10″ inches both ways.

Step 3: Drill on the crosshairs.


Step 4: Cut your 1/2″ inch dowel into 2 1/2″ inch lengths.


Step 5: Slip some wood glue on them puppies and hammer the dowel pieces into the holes in the boards.


Step 6: Screw a handle (we used a cheap cabinet handle) onto the opposite side from the dowels… and VOILA!



Now just stamp in a square and drop in the seeds! No more tedious finger poking. We’re professionals now. Or mad scientists.



Yeah baby! D.I.Y. for Y.O.U.

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