The first one is making your own seed mats. I have seen this all over the internet and mentioned in the various gardening classes I have attached and since I have plenty of seeds I will give this a try (also I did a cost comparison between standalone seeds and seeds already on plantable paper strips and there is a big price difference). I think I would try it also with carrots as I tend to over plant and then I have to thin and I hate throwing away food only because they were planted to closely. I figured out this year how to plant my onion sets and get them planted with good space around them. I will know more at harvesting if I get bigger onions this go around.
The second one is bottomless tomato buckets. This is the first time I have seen tomatoes grown in a bucket in this way before. Last year I tried to grow a majority of my tomatoes in containers with only a few actually being in the raised beds (to tell you the truth I did not have enough real estate for ALL the tomatoes I started from seed). I did notice that with the bucket method (which I placed on top of weed cloth outside the garden) that I had to water more often (I did get a few tomatoes, but not enough for what I put into it, also we had a drought last year). I wonder if by sitting the buckets on top of the soil and allowing the plants to root into the soil below the bucket level, if it actually allows the plant to be more sturdy and allows it to take in more water and keep the soil moist (not sure, but will know for next time).
Thought I would share some new techniques from fellow gardeners. I will soon be posting about my garden status and the plants that I started from seed and they are ready to go in the ground. I should be able to start planting this weekend (knowing that there may be at least 1 or 2 more freezes possibly through April).