I cut a little slit into the landscaping fabric inside each of the round holes. I used the slits to plant my starters into. I did not cut any slits into the top row. Why not? When you poor water Into the top opening, the water needs to find its' way to the bottom of the mini garden. Slits on the top row will cause the water to immediately drain out. We don't want that. For plants, I used started lettuce, basil and nasturtiums instead of seeds.