You’ve probably seen seed tape at the store- this wonderful product that you lay on the soil, lightly cover with soil and water thoroughly. Within a short period of time, seeds magically sprout from it, perfectly spaced and even, negating the need to thin seedlings. Did you know, you can make your own easy sow seed tape for free using materials you already have?!
Originally, we used toilet paper to create our seed tape, but you could also use strips of newspaper. Just cut them following the guidelines provided below and be sure to use black and white paper only, (no glossy or color pages).
MYO Seed Tape
Single Ply Toilet Paper- The cheap stuff folks, not the thick, “leaves dust on your rump”, perfume laden junk, just good old fashioned TP. (We used Scotts Original).
1 Tbs Flour
1 bit of water
The seeds I used here were .10¢ a packet at the dollar store. Mix about a tablespoon of flour with a bit of water to make a thin paste.
Unroll the toilet paper squares into lengths of 2-10′ (depending on how long you want your seed tape to be.) Now, cut directly down the middle of the toilet paper, dividing it into 2 long strips, like this:
Plant Spacing Guidelines
Read the back of your packet of seeds. How far apart should your plants be spaced? Ours states “1 inch”. Using a ruler & a pencil, mark that spacing out on your seed tape. In this photo, we used a bright yellow marker so you could exactly what we mean.
Next, dab your finger in the flour paste and dab each dot on the toilet paper. A very little goes a LONG way. Remember, you only need to make the seeds stick, you aren’t trying to “presoak” them. Alternatively, you can use a plain non-toxic glue stick instead.
Place 1-2 seeds on each dab. I noticed with this particular brand of seeds, the germination rate isn’t particularly wonderful. As a result, we opted to used 2-3 seeds per dot.
Next, fold the toilet paper over, enclosing the seeds and gently run your hand along the length of the seed tape to fully seal it. Let it dry completely, about 20 minutes, or plant immediately if you’d like.
On the edge of the seed tape, mark the type of seeds within it and the depth of soil for planting. To plant the seed tape simply place the seed strip on top of the prepared soil (tilled & watered) and then cover with the amount of soil needed as per the seeds chosen.
Water thoroughly. As the seeds sprout they’ll be perfectly spaced in your garden.