We’re having a cold, dreary day here in Vermont. It’s been raining on and off and I’ve even noticed a few snow flurries. Not the day to be working outside. Instead I have an inside project. I’m sure you’ve seen the seed tape they sell in catalogs. Designed to help you plant those very small seeds like carrots so you don’t have to do as much thinning. Did you know you can also make these easily at home?
Here’s what you’ll need:
Flour paste – ¼ cup flour and enough water to make a paste.
Strips of paper to make the tape, you can use black and white newspaper, single-ply toilet paper or a thin paper bag.
Something to dab the glue on such as a small paintbrush or a toothpick.
Start by making the paste, start with the flour and add enough water until you have the consistency of a paste.
Check your seed packet for the recommendations as to how far apart the seeds should be planted.
Dab the paste onto your strips of paper as far apart as you would plant the seeds. Just drop the seeds into the paste. Drop the same number of seeds that you would plant in your garden.
Allow the paste to dry completely and roll up your tape. You are all ready to head out to the garden!
For most seeds you will just need to lay the tape down in your garden and lightly cover it with soil. Water and watch the seeds grow! The paper will eventually decompose and you’ll never see it again.