This year I’m not starting any seeds inside but I decided there was still something I could do to get ready for the upcoming gardening season. The perfect project was to make homemade seed tape. If I can’t use it I will pass it along to my daughter and she can use it in her raised beds!

I’m sure you’ve seen seed tape for sale in gardening catalogs. Seed tape is designed to help you plant those very small seeds like carrot seeds so you don’t have to do as much thinning. Did you know you could also make your own seed tape at home?

All you need is your seeds, some flour paste and strips of paper to make the tape.

Flour paste: ¼ cup flour and enough water to make a paste. Strips of paper to make the tape: you can use black and white newspaper, single ply toilet paper or brown paper bags.

You will also need something to dab the glue on to the paper, something like a small paintbrush, a toothpick or even a cotton q-tip.

Start by making the paste, combine ¼ cup flour and add enough water until you have the consistency of a paste.

Check your seed packet for the recommendations as to how far apart the seeds should be planted.

Dab the paste onto your strips of paper as far apart as you would plant the seeds. Just drop the seeds into the paste. Drop the same number of seeds that you would plant in your garden.

Allow the paste to dry completely and roll up your tape. You can use an empty toilet paper tube or paper towel tube to roll the seed tape onto. Now you are all ready to head out to the garden!

For most seeds you will just need to lay the tape down in your garden and lightly cover it with soil. Water and watch the seeds grow! The paper will eventually decompose and you’ll never see it again. You may have to do a little thinning, but it will be a lot less than if you sprinkled the row with seeds! Then you can look forward to a wonderful harvest!

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3 comments on “Homemade Seed Tape

WT Abernathy on February 27, 2019 7:10 pm

Hi Nancy, thanks for the great article!
Wendie and I have used the newspaper strategy before in creating seed tape and I can report it works great! The pull of a newspaper breaks down much faster than a white bond or brown paper bags, and holds up better than TP-
Thanks for the share:)

Nancy Wolff on February 27, 2019 10:33 pm

I haven’t tried using newspaper but I’ll bet it would work better, the tp is rather fragile! 🙂

Lisa Lombardo on February 28, 2019 1:18 pm

This looks really easy to do…great tip, Nancy! I’ve never bought any seed tape, although I see it for sale every year.

I hope you have a chance to plant your own garden this year!

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