The Q&A Archives: Seed Tape

Question: A friend of mine had perfectly-spaced vegetables in her garden. I asked her how she did it, and she said she used "seed tape". What is this? Do I buy it or make it myself?

Answer: Seed tape is manufactured commercially and the seeds are properly spaced on the tape during the process. You can make a similar product by using cornstarch-water and toilet paper. Just mix some cornstarch (about 1/2 cup) into a pint of warm water. Use an eyedropper to put one drop of the sticky water onto the strip of toilet paper, and place a seed on the drop of water. The cornstarch will help the seed adhere to the paper. Space the drops of water as far apart or as close as necessary and put seeds onto the drop immediately. After the drops have dried, the seeds will be stuck. Roll up your seed tape and store until planting time. When planting, unroll and lay the strip on the soil, cover with the required amount of soil (whatever the proper depth of the seed is), and water well. The cornstarch and paper will dissolve by the time the seeds germinate and no one but you will know how you got your plants spaced so evenly within your garden!

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