If you are wondering why tape would ever belong in your garden then “stick” (get it?) around! I’m going to show you how to make your own seed tape for the garden. It’s easy, it’s cheap and it’s organic!
Depending on where you live, it might be a little too cold to sow your seeds outside. BUT you can get a jump-start on the season with this super easy tutorial on how to make your own seed tape with stuff you already have lying around the house!
I know what you are thinking… Why would I waste my time twirling turnips in tissue when I could just dump them straight from the pouch? First of all, seed tape allows you to get straight rows with correct spacing, thus increasing the growing power of your plant. It also reduces the time you have to spend thinning later down the road. And it makes planting faster and easier. This comes in handy when you have a gang of children trying to attack each other with the garden tools. Last but not least, there is just something satisfying about pulling out a crate of pre-packaged seed tape that cost you pennies to make!
MAKE YOUR OWN SEED TAPE
To get started, combine about a tablespoon of water and enough flour to make a thin paste. Get enough toilet paper to offer a manageable length to work with. If you are fancy enough to use 2-ply toilet paper, make sure to split the two layers.
Ready your seeds in a shallow bowl. I used the blunt end of a skewer to dot the paste onto the toilet paper, a Q-tip would also work. Make sure to follow the packet directions on how far to space the seeds.
Fold the opposite end of the toilet paper to cover the seeds.
At this point you can place seed tape directly in the ground, or you can let them dry and store them. I put mine in ziplock bags. Don’t forget to label them! If you are throwing the seed packets away, you might want to also jot down how far to space the rows, and how deep to plant.
When you are ready to plant, get your seeds and dig the row according to the directions on the packet. For healthier soil check out my post on 20 Things to do With Egg Shells.
Cover with soil and water lightly.
That’s it! It is important to label where you planted your seeds. I suggest making Popsicle Stick Garden Seed Signs! They are fun to make and a great way to get the kids involved!
A 22 foot roll of radish seed tape cost about $15 on amazon. This DIY seed tape costs about $1.50 (including the price of the seeds) and you can make triple the length! It didn’t take long at all and was actually a little therapeutic. Plus it’s totally organic! I would definitely have to say that this DIY seed tape is worth the cost and the time.
Enjoy your seed tape making and planting! I’d love to know, what are some of your favorite seeds to plant in the garden?