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It’s March and time to get going on some seeds. I have wanted to try making my own seed tape and after I saw the prices of factory made seed tape, I was convinced I had to do it! Plus, I had some old seeds from previous years and I wanted to use them up. Seeds can last many years as long as you store them in a cool, dry and dark location - don't throw them away. The only drawback is that perhaps not all will germinate, so the solution is to plant more than you need and then thin as necessary.
Seed tape recipe:
Toilet paper or paper towels (the cheap ones!)
non-toxic glue or flour and water paste
Lay out the toilet paper and then cut it in half lengthwise. Spread glue down the center of the strip. Use a wet toothpick to help handle the seeds. They are so small, they can be very difficult to pick up, but a wet toothpick works like a magnet. TP is marked off in 4 inch segments so it is very easy to get your seed spacing correct.
Fold the toilet paper in half to cover the seed and let the glue dry. Be sure to label the seed strips since so many seeds look similar. I also add the planting depth to my label. Now, you can go outside in even very windy weather and quickly get your planting finished.
If you are a square foot gardener, then glue your seeds to the paper towels. First, separate the two ply towels into one ply, then place a dot of glue appropriately spaced for whatever you are planting.
Lay out the toilet paper strips, cover them with compost or soil and water well.
I planted arugula, romaine lettuce, beets, kale and cilantro.
The above photo is a small seed sower that is a great help with those tiny seeds. You just tap the sower and one or two seeds will dispense. There is also a dial on the clear plastic top that you turn to allow for different sizes of seeds. A simple invention that saves a lot of time and hassle!
What seeds have you planted this year? Do you use seed tape?