Seed tape is the OCD gardener’s dream. Not only does it nearly eliminate wasted seeds and thinning, it is an easy way to make sure that your rows are evenly spaced for a more neat and orderly appearance.
If you’re not the obsessive type, seed tape means you don’t have to fumble with those tiny seeds like carrots and radishes. Instead, you just lay out the tape where you want it, cover it with soil, water, and wait.
The problem with seed tape – at least my problem with seed tape – is that it is expensive. A 15-foot strip of carrot seed tape, for example, will cost you around $5 for something you could easily do with a packet of inexpensive seed, and supplies you already have on hand. I briefly discussed how to make your own seed tape in my book I GARDEN: Urban Style, but I wanted to do a quick explainer here about how it’s done.
Make Your Own Seed Tape
What You Need:
- a toothpick
- toilet paper
How It’s Done:
- To start, cut a section of toilet paper into 1” wide strips and set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix a little flour with water to form a thick paste.
- Using your seed packet for guidance about seed spacing, dip the tip of a toothpick into the paste and then use it to carefully pick up a seed.
- Place the seed and paste on the paper strip at the appropriate distance apart.
- Allow to dry for 30 minutes to an hour, and your seed tape is ready to use.
To Use: Simply lay the strip in the garden or container, spacing as necessary, and cover with soil. Water as you normally would for seeds in the ground and you’re all set!
To Store: Once fully dry, carefully fold the seed tape and store in an airtight container. I like to use zipper bags for this purpose.