Gardening Hack: DIY Seed-Spacer From a Wood Ruler

Customize a ruler for precision seed spacing.
Sow, sow, soon the garden will grow. The seed starting season is upon us now (Zone 5, representing!) and soon enough, we’ll be prepping those outdoor beds for our favorite flowers, fruits and veggies. Setting up a comfortable dwelling for your seeds is the first and most important step to cultivating a healthy, thriving inventory of seedlings, and spacing of the seeds is critical to success, since you want them to have enough room to root and develop in the soil.

Get those seeds off on the right path by using this simple wooden ruler hack shown below to make those rows immaculately straight, and evenly spaced for optimal root growth (and then sit back and wait for your garden to flourish).

Looking for more tips on gardening and seed starting? Let these articles be your guide:


Step 1

 Open GalleryUse a wooden ruler and a drill to make a custom seed spacer.Start with a ruler, a drill, and several drill bits – 3/32″ and 5/16″ worked well for me.

Step 2

 Open GallerySpace out pilot holes for accuracy in drilling with a larger bit, and to prevent chipping.Starting with smaller drill bits helps with precision, and helps prevent the wood from chipping and cracking. Using the rules already imprinted on the wooden ruler, drill a pilot hole using the smaller bit at every 1″ interval. My ruler had a hole drilled by the manufacturer at the 1/2″ mark, so I used that and made additional marks spaced accordingly. Most seed packets ask that you plant between 1″-4″ apart for optimum root growth, so this will make it easier to plant at the correct spacing.

Step 3

 Open GalleryMake pencil-sized holes with the larger drill bit to make your DIY seed spacer.Follow through with the larger bit to open the holes up wide enough for a standard pencil to slide through.

Step 4

 Open GalleryUse your new DIY tool to space your seeds this spring.Put your handy new tool to use by simply aligning it over pre-moistened soil, and poking a pencil or dowel down through the holes at the interval your seed directions specify. Drop the seeds into each hole, and don’t forget to water regularly. Happy spring!


  • Wooden ruler
  • Seeds



  • Pencil
  • Drill/driver
  • Drill bits: 3/32″ and 5/16″
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I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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