Calling all A-type personalities! You know who you are. You like your underwear drawer neatly organized, your towels folded a specific way and the dishwasher loaded… just so. Well, this blog is for you. My technique of getting picture-perfect rows of lettuce, carrots, and beets, while being thrifty, will have you proudly grinning from ear-to-ear.
What is my secret? DIY SEED TAPE.
I have been called a lazy urban gardener. And, thanks to sound, parental guidance, I’m also a THRIFTY urban gardener. You can purchase seed tape at garden centers and online. It will organize your garden into beautiful, neighbor enviable rows. But, seed tape is expensive.
Solution? Make your own.
What you will need is, cheap toilet paper (I grabbed some from my sister-in-law’s house. She is FAMOUS for her see-through, 1-ply offerings). A Dollar Store may have the right stuff, too.
Fresh seed for cold weather crops. Right now, D&B Supply has a fabulous supply of several brands of seed, i.e: carrots, spinach, lettuce, beats, etc.
Elmer’s School Glue or mix a paste out of flour and water to the consistency of glue. Both are non-toxic and just a tiny dab works. Grab some scissors and possibly a popsicle stick or paint brush to dab your paste.
Grab a tape measure, as well. Measure the space in the garden where you plan to place the seed tape.
I cut my TP in strips, right down the middle, making them long enough to fit perfectly in my garden box. I follow the directions on the package for spacing and start “gluing.” Once I get the glue and seed on the TP, I fold over the remaining TP and voila! I have seed tape ready to plant, as soon as I can work the soil.
Generally, I do this in the dead of winter. This little gardening project gets me excited for what is to come. A word of caution though, if you make seed tape using flour, label and refrigerate your tape until you plant. I have had some tape get moldy before I had a chance to plant it.
Once in the ground, the cheap toilet paper dissolves and the seed is left to sprout and grow, uniformly into wonderful edibles.
Urban gardeners with very large plots may want to use a different seed distribution method than this, as it can be a little time consuming. But then again, it is a great winter project or even a fun task in which you can involve the youngest gardeners in your home. It is always beneficial for them to discover the origins of their food.