Easy Method of Sowing Seeds
Some seeds are so tiny that planting them can be difficult. You may end up with clumps of seedlings that need to be thinned later on, or itís nearly impossible to see where the seeds are in the planting row so they turn out to be planted unevenly. Hereís a winter project that can make sowing seeds a lot easier and give you a head start on the garden. This is also a good project for getting the kids involved in gardening.
In addition to the paper, youíll need a small dish, some flour, a small dish of water, toothpicks, a pen, small resealable plastic bags, scissors, a clean dry cloth and a spray bottle of water. Youíll be sowing seeds, so keep your seeds handy in a small white dish. Use a white dish so you can easily see the seeds youíll be working with.
To make the seed tape for sowing seeds, roll out about a foot of the paper towel or toilet paper, laying it flat on your work surface. Paper towels can be cut into long, narrow strips about four inches wide, but toilet paper can be used as is. Now pour or scoop the flour paste into one of your resealable plastic bags, seal the bag, and cut one of the bottom corners off the bag to make a small hole in the bag. Youíll be making a squeeze bag, much like the bags pastry chefs use for applying decorative frosting to a cake.
In the next step you will be actually sowing seeds. Dip a toothpick into your dish of water, then lightly dab the toothpick onto the dry cloth so itís not dripping wet. Then dip the tip of the damp toothpick into your dish of tiny seeds. Your goal is to pick up as few of the seeds as possible with each dip. Transfer the seed to a dab of paste. Continue to dab, dip and stick the seeds until you have seeds in each dab of paste.
When you are done sowing seeds and each section of seed tape is dry, the homemade seed tape can be rolled up loosely and stored inside resealable plastic bags. Place each variety of seed in its own bag, and label each bag with the variety of seed inside. Labelling is very important! You donít want to spend time sowing seeds for carrots in the spring, only to find after they sprout that you actually planted a row of petunias.
If youíre sowing seeds that will be planted in rows, you can apply the paste and seeds on the paper at the appropriate intervals. If you will be starting the seeds in flats or cells before transferring the seedlings into the garden, the homemade seed tape can be cut into sections, with one dab of paste and seeds in each section.
by Michael J. McGroarty