What Is Seed Tape: Information On Planting With Seed Tape

What Is Seed Tape: Information On Planting With Seed Tape

By: Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Thought to be beneficial to one’s health, many garden related activities can, indeed, be quite strenuous. Not only do movements such as bending, stooping, and picking up heavy objects make gardening difficult for some growers, but tasks related to fine motor control may also be a source of frustration for many. The task of planting small seeds, for instance, may feel daunting to some. How does seed tape work? Read on to learn more.

What is Seed Tape?

Most commonly, seed tape is a very thin piece of paper in which seeds have been adhered. Generally, each seed will be applied at a proper spacing and planting distance. This makes it very easy for gardeners to grow certain types of crops, specifically those which have very small and difficult to handle seeds.

The use of seed tape allows for quick and efficient planting in the home garden.

How to Use Seed Tape

Planting with seed tape is very similar to planting regularly packaged seeds. First, growers will need to prepare a well-amended and weed free garden bed.

Plant the seed tape according to the package. In most cases, this will mean laying down the seed tape in a straight line and gently covering it with soil. The tape must be covered as a means to avoid disturbance from unexpected weather conditions or interference from wildlife.

After it has been planted, water the planting area thoroughly and wait for the seeds to germinate, usually occurring within a week or so.

Additional Seed Tape Information

While there are many positives, such as ease of planting and row spacing, to consider when using seed tape in the garden, there are also some negatives that one may need to take into account.

Due to the nature of seed tape, growers will often have much less choice in terms of which varieties of crops they are able to grow. Additionally, the cost of purchasing seed tape is much greater than the cost of purchasing traditional seed packets.

Luckily, for gardeners on a budget, there are various methods which can be implemented to create their own seed tapes. While the process may be somewhat time consuming, doing so allows for growers to choose exactly which varieties of plants they would like to grow, as well as save money.

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Attention green thumbs: Here's how to garden in the winter, no grow lights required

It wouldn't seem like optimal weather to start gardening this week, with well below freezing temperatures. In Calgary, the forecast shows temperatures to hover below –20 C until at least Thursday.

Eager gardeners might be left feeling a bit restless as they count down the days until spring, but it turns out they might not actually need to wait.

According to Kath Smyth, with the Calgary Horticultural Society, people can get started now, no grow lights required — just an empty plastic milk jug, some seeds and some soil to make mini outdoor greenhouses.

"This is called extending and using our season," Smyth told the Calgary Eyeopener.

Smyth says it's called winter sowing and it's perfect for those who want an early start gardening.

How to Use Toilet Paper Rolls to Start Seeds

Here are the things you need to create toilet paper or paper towel seed pods:

  • Cardboard toilet paper, paper towel, or wrapping paper rolls
  • Scissors
  • Tray, plate, or bowl to put seed pots on
  • Twine
  • Seed starting medium
  • Seeds

Once you gather the materials, it is relatively easy to get going. Here are a few tips on how to use toilet paper rolls to house seedlings:

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