DIY Seed Tape- Gardening – One seed at a time

Making your own Seed Tape

It has been positively spring like in my back garden of late, things are blooming and the sun is shining. And I am itching to get out and start sorting out my little veg garden – I have big plans this year that I can’t wait to share with you all 🙂 

But while I am waiting I decided to get my seeds prepared, last week I started seedling  and this week I made some seed tape.
Seed tape is incredibly handy for those fiddly little seed you plant in rows, like carrots and spring onions and as I do Square foot gardening it makes it handy if I can make tape a foot long.

Materials needed  

  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • A teaspoon of warm water
  • Scissors
  • Paper towel or if you are making it as a gift Mulberry paper
  • Ruler
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Small paintbrush
  • Airtight container for storage

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix the flour and water into a thick paste                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  2. Cut your paper towel or Mulberry paper into approx 2 inch strips                                                                                                      

                                                                                                            3. Use a Pencil and Ruler to mark out the spacing of the seed using the instructions for planting on the seed pack marking the dots about 1/2 inch down on the strip. Using a paintbrush add small dollops of your paste onto the dots you have drawn.                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                          4. Add your seeds on top of the paste and then fold tape in half covering the seeds and press down gently. Allow tape to dry and store in an labeled airtight container until planting. Include instructions for planting with your seeds.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                   I used normal paper towel for my own seeds but mulberry paper is pretty if you want to give it as a gift to a gardener you know or a new gardener starting out. To plant out dig a furrow in where you want to place your tape. Lay the tape in the ground mist with water and cover with soil – hopefully in a couple of week you will have neat little rows of veg.

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