Around the Yard
How to Make Seed Tapes
By: Tricia Craven Worley
Making seed tapes can save future planting and thinning time. Here’s how to go about it:
- Cut newspaper into 1″ wide strips.
- Glue your seeds to the paper using a paste of water and flour.
- Add a pinch of water-soluble fertilizer to each half cup of paste.
- Mark the appropriate seed spacing on the paper strip.
- After placing the seeds on the dots, completely cover each seed with a drop of paste.
- Let the tapes dry and store them in plastic bags.
- To plant, roll out your seed tapes, cover them lightly with soil, and water. The newspaper will eventually rot away as the seeds grow.