2000 - Volume #24, Issue #2, Page #18[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Make Your Own Seed Tapes"You can make your own seed tapes using scotch tape and toilet paper. I make these on the kitchen table during the winter. Planting them is a lot easier on my knees and it saves a lot of thinning," says George Handel, Ohio, in Countryside Magazine.
To make them, just stick an inch or so of one end of the tape to a flat work surface. Stretch out about 2 ft. of tape, sticky side up and stick the loose end to the table. Place seeds on the tape at the desired spacing. Then lay a strip of toilet paper over the tape.
At planting time, just make a trench as deep as required by the seeds, lay the tape in the trench, cover and tamp. The plants will come up normally. Works especially well with small-seeded crops like carrots or flowers.
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