Spring has begun here in the Pacific Northwest, and with it comes the rain. Many of the days this last week that I had set aside for outside work have ended up being rainy days. I don't mind the rain so much, but I also don't particularly like being outside in it if I don't have to be. I guess I am more of a fair weather gardener. So in an attempt to not waste the days I had planned to work in the garden, I have used the time indoor making seed tape for the vegetable garden.
Making seed tape is a simple process that is perfect for very small seeds. If you have ever fumbled at the edge of your garden bed with gloved hands trying to tip out just a few carrot seeds for a row, you know how impossible of a task that is! Seed tape is your solution. All you need is newspaper cut into one inch strips, water-based glue (like Elmer's) and your seeds.
On this particular day, I made seed tape using radish and carrot seeds. When I have helped with the elementary school gardens, we have also made seed tape using lettuce, chard, kale and other small seeds. If you are gardening with kids, seed tape is a tremendous help as it is easier to plant a strip of paper than a nicely lined row of teeny, tiny seeds.
Simply place small dots of glue at the recommended spacing according to your seed packet. Place your seeds on the glue, and wait for it to dry. You can make up a season's worth of seed tape in very little time. I recommend marking the end of your strips with the particular vegetable you have glued onto the strip.
Once the glue is dry, and you have a break in the rain, make a dash for your garden beds. Now the work of planting is easy. Create a furrow at the recommended depth for your seeds and then cover up the seed tape with the soil. You can have multiple rows of veggies planted before the next rain shower begins!
Over a number of days, the glue dissolves in the damp soil, the seeds germinate and the newspaper decomposes. That is all it takes. So take advantage of a rainy spring day and prep some seeds for your garden!