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Homemade Seed Tape
At the store the other day I saw some radishes sold in seed tape. I've bought it before and worked very well. It was $6 per package, probably about 1/3 the seeds you get for the normal $2 packet. Got me to thinking. I came home and made my own seed tapes for radishes. Could use it for any seed, but the nice part is the smaller the seed the more helpful the seed tape makes the job. You can space better, space the seeds correctly in the tape much easier on the kitchen counter than in the garden, etc. After making my own tapes I came up with a better plan than my original method:
Get 2 boards about 2-3 ft long and can be 2-3 inches wide.. Can use anything that is flat, cardboard, floor board, anything. Set them up in a V fashion. Don't secure them, as you want to be able to put them together to fold the finished project together. Next, grab a roll of toilet paper and tear off lengths to match your boards. Put your TP in the V and pinch the boards together, just to make the crease at the bottom of the V of the TP. Might help if you were to lightly mist the TP with water just to make it easier to work and form.
Make up a flour-water paste mixture. Don't really want it runny, but not like cement. About like Elmer's Glue (which you could probably use as well). Drop your flour paste mix in the bottom of the V spaced out accordingly to the type of seed you are using. Drop the seeds into the paste and let dry just a bit. Put a few drops of the glue along the top of the seeds in the V. Pinch the boards together to seal the glued seam. I took the seed tape I made and hung it up for an hour or so just to let it dry before rolling it up to store.
You could make the tapes as long as you want, but 2-3 feet seems to be a manageable length. May want to store them in sandwich baggies, and label the bags so you know what you have in there. When the time to plant comes, make your row and put the tapes in there, mist heavily to drench the TP, and let nature take it's course. Not certain if it would help or not, but you could probably put some seed starter fertilizer in the tape as well, just to give a boost to the new plants.
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