I have discovered a simple and quick solution to both of these problems – make your own seed tape using toilet paper! Really, think about it – it’s biodegradable. I discovered this nifty idea at Garden Girl TV blog .
Making your own seed tape is easy:
1. Tear off 4 or 8 feet of TP (depending on how long your raised beds are). Each TP square is 4 inches, so for a 4 foot row you need 12 squares.
2. Cut the strip in half, so you now have two 4 foot lengths
3. Make a simple paste of flour and water (about a teaspoon or so of each). This will hold your seeds in place and seal the “tape” when you are done.
4. Using a small paint brush or toothpick, dab a little paste at the required spacing for the veggie you are planting.
5. Apply the seeds on the spot of paste.
6. If needed, add a couple extra dabs of paste on the tape and fold over to seal.
7. Plant your tape! The TP and paste are biodegradable and your seeds will be evenly spaced. No thinning required!
I made a couple of seed tapes for carrots and lettuce is next. Then I just need to get them in the ground!