Gardening can be tough. I’m about to make things easier this season by showing you how we make our own carrot seed tape!
Seed tape can be commercially purchased. But we have found our own way to make this time-saving gardening hack.
Tiny seeds like spinach, carrots, onions and radishes can so very easily get out of control out in a garden. Whether a gust of wind blows the seed out of your hand or the packet of seeds accidentally gets dumped in a pile. I love having just a bit more control when it comes to planting these finer varieties of veggies.
Once your seeds are in the ground, you water it, dust your self off and feel the pride of growing your own food. Then in a few weeks when everything has sprouted, you have a second job to handle- thinning your seed. This seed tape allows for so much more control and helps skip that thinning step all together!
Now all you have to do is grab all your favorite gardening tools and weed through the rows of veggies! Or you can read how we keep weeds out of the garden in a time efficient way!
It’s the perfect project for the kids on a rainy spring day. Since we are hoping to put up just as many carrots as last year, we started with 720 seeds. Once all the seed tape is finished we roll it up on the toilet paper core, and stick all the seed tape rolls in the refrigerator until we are ready to plant.
Many of these tiny seeds can be planted out pretty early as they can withstand the cold better than some other veggies.
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When you’re ready to plant your seed tape, simply follow the depth suggestions on the back of your seed packet. Then cover lightly with soil and water!
I can’t say for sure if the Elmers glue will break down and allow the tiny seed to release. I do know that the flour/ water combination has worked for forever!
Again, I only know what we’ve tried and things that I know will break down in the dirt. Masking tape may not break down and you might be waiting a while for your carrots to break through.
Sometimes the longer you make them the harder it can be to work with, especially if you are prone to windy conditions. I find rolling them up on an empty toilet paper core really helps. Measure the length of your raised bed or garden space and cut your toilet paper accordingly.
We follow the directions for spacing on the back of the seed package. Our carrot seed packet said 1″.
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