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Growing Silverbeet, also Swiss Chard or Mangold

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13 Jun 10 Andrea (Australia - tropical climate)
I've just begun growing veges for the first time. My silverbeet seeds like some others are very tiny. How can i handle them to plant them as instructed. It says plant directly into the garden its impossible to pick up a seed. So i just took a pinch and put that in the distances. I would rather not use the whole packet if i don't have to but it seems I've not much choice but to sew them all at once. Very difficult.
29 Aug 10 jaime (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
try adding them to a handfull of fine sand, then sprinkle the sand where you want the seeds to grow. this sometimes works
13 Jun 10 Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Andrea, you could try handling like beetroot seeds. i.e. soak some overnight. They will swell a bit and be easier to separate.
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