Definition of seedbed in US English:

seedbed

noun

  • A bed of fine soil in which seedlings are germinated.

    • ‘Specially designed planters are capable of planting precisely in the resulting seedbed, and such systems are suitable for many Ohio farms.’
    • ‘Roll with a heavy, water-filled lawn roller to make a firm seedbed.’
    • ‘If the seedbed is loose and the seed would be placed in loose soil, consider delaying seeding until there is enough moisture to firm the seedbed.’
    • ‘Seedlings are usually raised from seed in nursery seedbeds.’
    • ‘Conventional alfalfa plantings involve several tillage operations to prepare a seedbed, followed by drilling the alfalfa seed.’
    • ‘This suggests that if newly germinated seedlings in seedbeds were exposed to low water potentials which were later relieved by rain or irrigation, then emergence could be delayed without necessarily increasing seedling losses.’
    • ‘Growers who planted early also had difficulty firming the seedbed because of dry soil conditions.’
    • ‘Rake and level tilled soil, then roll to make a firm seedbed.’
    • ‘Remember to prepare the seedbed well, and water the lawn thoroughly.’
    • ‘Cover the seeds with 1/4 inch of soil, and keep the seedbed moist but not soggy.’
    • ‘It seems that no matter how well-prepared the seedbed is, when it comes time to cover a direct-seeded row, there are too many clods or lumps of soil.’
    • ‘That's why we recommend you plant in anticipation of rainfall in your area, and if rains don't come, water to keep your seedbed moist until your seedlings are established.’
    • ‘The freezing and thawing action on clay, silty clay, and silty clay loam soils tilled in the fall or winter to produce stale seedbeds usually have excellent seedbeds for early no-till spring planting.’
    • ‘Spray the seedbed very lightly with water, then keep the soil evenly moist during growth.’
    • ‘For example, if crows eat your seeds, lay chicken wire on top of the newly planted seedbed.’
    • ‘More than anything, the prolifically seeding cottonwood needs flooding to prepare a fertile seedbed.’
    • ‘Some may argue that it is a waste of money because a good seedbed needs to be created for good germination.’
    • ‘Deeper drilling and finer seedbeds, rolled where we could, should help minimize slugs.’
    • ‘Water the seedbed thoroughly with a fine spray.’
    • ‘I rationalize that the extra effort of watering is balanced by it being easier to transplant from a flat than from a garden seedbed.’
    breeding ground, nursery, cradle, nest, den, forcing house
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Pronunciation

seedbed

/ˈsidˌbɛd//ˈsēdˌbed/