The Tamper – A Great Gift for the Georgia Gardener

The Garden Tamper

It is gift-giving season and we want to share a useful gift that is easy to construct with scrap wood.

We have mentioned using a tamper in several other blog posts.  It is a very useful tool to ensure good seed-to-soil contact when working with small seeds like spinach, lettuce, carrots, and collards.  The weight of the tamper is all that is needed to compress the soil slightly.

I was first introduced to this tool by Jim Hall, a Cherokee County Master Gardener.  He guaranteed a higher germination rate of small seeds by just using the tamper!

Building Instructions

The tamper is easy to construct and makes a great gift for a gardening friend or for yourself!  You will need a 2X4 wood piece, a 1X2  (or 2X2) wood piece, and a wood screw.

Step One:  Measure and cut 1 foot off of a 2X4.  This will be the base.

The Tamper - A Great Gift for the Georgia Gardener

Step Two:  Measure and cut 4 feet off of a 1X2 (or a 2X2).  This is the handle.

The Tamper - A Great Gift for the Georgia Gardener

Step Three:  Choose a wood screw that is at least three inches long so it will go through the 2X4 piece and into your 1X2.

The Tamper - A Great Gift for the Georgia Gardener

Step Four:  Drill a pilot hole in the middle of the 2X4.

The Tamper - A Great Gift for the Georgia Gardener

And into the end of the 1X2.

The Tamper - A Great Gift for the Georgia Gardener

Step Five:  Using your wood screw attach the pieces:

The Tamper - A Great Gift for the Georgia Gardener

Your final product:

The Tamper - A Great Gift for the Georgia Gardener

The tamper can be creatively painted or left bare.  Using the tool is easy.  Place small seeds on top of garden soil.  Sprinkle about 1/4th inch of soil on top of the seeds.  Gently tamp the soil with tool.  The weight of the tamper is enough pressure to ensure seed-to-soil contact.  No need to press down.

Happy Gardening!

Becky Griffin

Becky Griffin

Community and School Garden Coordinator at UGA Extension
Becky Griffin helps school and community gardeners succeed! This includes organizing school garden teacher training with county agents, assisting schools with STE(A)M goals, and creating resources on starting and sustaining successful gardens.

Becky is a Georgia Certified Beekeeper and works with community and school gardeners to increase beneficial insect habitat.In 2019, she will coordinate the Great Georgia Pollinator Census (https://GGaPC.org).Ask her about it!
Becky Griffin

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