Count out the amount you need for the space youll be sowing. Youll probably need more.
Plant the seed tape according to the package.
How to make seed tape. After everything is glued and labeled fold the length of toilet paper in half so that the seeds are safely situated between toilet paper on both sides. Place a ruler next to the strips and sheet as a guide. Some make a paste of flour and water to secure seeds to the toilet paper.
Make sure that you have left a visible fold down the middle of the toilet paper. Measure your garden boxes or planting area to figure out how long you need the tape to be. For the tape itself use narrow strips of newspaper paper towel or toilet tissue some 2 inches 5 cm wide.
Store in a plastic bag or container until you are ready to plant. Youll need strips as long as your intended rows. Repurpose a strawberry container to sprout your own seeds.
Take a piece of all natural biodegradable napkin and cut 2 strips about ½-inch wide. Joanna visits with Kristin Hildabrand Warren County Extension Agent for Horticulture to demonstrate how to make do-it-yourself DIY seed tape. You will be placing the seed in the middle of one half of the toilet paper about 1 from the edge of the toilet paper.
Be sure to label your seed tape. The toilet paper will gradually dissolve in time as the seedlings grow. Using the paint brush to place seeds on the toilet paper.
You can cut them to length later if needed. Crease the toilet paper in half and unfold. Sophie takes the challenge out of planting very small seeds and shows us how to make our own seed tape at home a fantastic activity for a rainy winters d.
To plant the seed tape prepare your growing area as usual and lay the tape down. To store roll up the seed tape and store in a cool dry spot until you are ready to plant. Planting with seed tape is very similar to planting regularly packaged seeds.
How to Use Seed Tape. Cover it with the appropriate depth of soil and water as usual. This is super-important especially if you are making multiple seed tapes for different vegetables.
Next fold over the 34 edge to cover the seed and proceed to roll the toilet paper until you have a 34 wide strip of seed tape. Place a measuring tape on a flat surface and unroll your toilet paper to the appropriate length. Drop the seed packet with instructions in with your seed tapes for future reference.
You can use the back of a pen or your finger to do this. After placing seeds dot seed glue around the perimeter of the strip of toilet paper. The measurement doesnt need to be exact just wide enough to easily work with.
Fold the toilet paper in half at the crease and seal the perimeter. Fold the toilet paper in half the long way and then unfold. Place seeds on top of the dots fold other half of paper towel on top and let it dry completely.
How to Make Seed Tape. You will have to fold the toilet paper like that again so the crease will tell you where to fold. Using a spoon or your finger apply dabs of flour paste in the correct spacing.
Roll the tape up into a coil or simply wrap it around an empty toilet paper roll. Radishes are supposed to be spaced one-inch apart so I made a mark every inch. Making Your Own Seed Tape First determine which seeds youll use.
For making seed tape youll also need glue a small paint brush a ruler or yardstick and a pen or marker. Space your seeds according to normal spacing requirements found on the back of seed packets. To make your seed tape simply cut the paper into strips about half an inch wide.
Then press a seed into each paste dot and allow your seed tape to dry. Unroll the toilet paper until several feet of it are lying flat on the table in front of you. In most cases this will mean laying down the seed tape in a straight line and gently covering it with soil.
The longer the strips the easier it will be to space your seeds correctly. Let strip sit for about two hours or until glue dries. I like to keep mine in the bottom drawer of the fridge.
First growers will need to prepare a well-amended and weed free garden bed. Apply a dot of paste to each spot that you marked. If you want to make your own seed tape gather supplies first.
Apply the flour paste Check your seed packets or seed catalogue for spacing recommendations for the seeds you are using.