Something to do while you wait to register your plot(s). . .

Make your own seed tapes!

We’ve all seen those expensive seed tapes at the stores.  They make planting easy, but boy are they expensive.  But did you know that you can make your own?  It’s a great activity for this time of year when there is little you can do because the gardens aren’t ready yet.

This comes from Rodale Press’ Veggie Gardener’s Answer Book:

1>  Rip off a 5 foot long section of paper towels.  DO NOT TEAR THE TOWELS APART.  Cut the towels into strips about 3/4 inch wide.  Cut toward the perforations so that you have a 5 foot long strip interrupted by perforations.

2>  Dissolve one tablespoon of cornstarch in a cup of cold water.  Heat this mixture in a saucepan until it boils and thickens, stirring constantly to prevent lumps.  Allow this to cool thoroughly.

3>  In a plastic sandwich bag, combine 1 or 2 teaspoons of the cooled cornstarch solution with 1/4 teaspoon of seeds.

4>  Lay out a strip of the paper toweling and on it write the name of the seeds you are planting.

5> Cut a very small hole in one corner of the plastic sandwich bag and squeeze out tiny drops of the cornstarch and seed solution along the strip of toweling.  Space the drops according to the way the seeds should be spaced out in the garden.  Check the back of the seed package for this.

6>  Let the strips of paper toweling dry thoroughly, then roll them up and store them in plastic bags.  Make sure they are kept in a cool, dry place.

7>  When it’s time to plant, simply unroll the homemade seed strips in the furrow and cover it with seed.

Keep reading this blog for more handy gardening tips.  Comments?  Leave comments by clicking on the link “leave a comment” above.


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