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Handling inoculant or how I get it in the soil?  RSS feed

 
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I did it exactly how described on the packet for sowing clover:
1.) mix seed with powdered milk, stir
2.) add inoculant, stir
3.) wet mixture, but no surplus water, stir
What I've got from this procedure is an incredibly sticky glob like glue. I did my very best to "sow" this
evenly, it was not possible at all. So i resowed clover seeds on the top of it hoping the inoculant will find it's way to the clover...

There must be more intelligent methods to distribute the inoculant. Or maybe I simply leave the water out of the mixture, as I water in after sowing anyway?
 
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Oops, too much water!

What they meant by " wet mixture, but no surplus water, stir " was to add water drop wise so that the powder was no longer dust-like, but mealy.

What you can do with your mess now is to add flour little by little, stirring it around until the excess liquid is absorbed. It's probably not a big oops, because when the seeds sprout and roots and root hairs begin expanding, they will find the bacterial inoculant.
 
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Many (if not all) seeds benefit from a 4~24hr soak in water; depending on variety... Next time: soak your seeds, strain, pour out onto a paper towel to rid of excess water, then mix seeds with innoculant in a container, then sift excess powder off, then sow
 
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Sorry, I haven't been around for a while, busy in the garden and then these bushfires.
Thanks for the answers! If you tell me that I add water drop wise then I might not add water at all next time, better than such a mess.
The clover still germinated.
 
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