HOW-TO: Make seed tapes

Damummis

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Every year planting small seeds can be a big pain in the back. Seed tape is my answer. However it can get expensive if bought. My solution, make your own.

You need :
Paper towels
Cornstarch glue
squeeze bottle
stylus

First I make the glue. Mix 1/2 Cup cornstarch with 1Cup water. Cook in small pot till thick, bubbly and opaque. Use a whisk and stir constantly to reduce clumping.
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Next I put it in a squeeze bottle. You can use a Ziploc with the corner cut off.
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While that cools I tear off enough paper towels to make a row. Fold and cut 1/2" strips with my rotary cutter.
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Lay out strips on a work surface and squeeze a line of glue.
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Smear the glue on the paper towel.
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With a dot of glue on the stylus. Toothpick, pencil or other pointy object works. Pick up seed with stylus and dot on strip.
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When strip is complete move it somewhere to dry. If you don't you won't be able to move it because it will dry in place. Trust me.
 
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saddina

Internally Deranged
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If you're into sqft gardening you can use the whole papertowel, and dot out your seed block, then set the block down with a fes pieces for gravel so it's won't flutter away.
 

randomchick

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Does the glue effect the germination at all? Have you planted these before and they've worked. I am in disbelieve at how simple that is, it looks like it should be a lot harder and more scientific with the glue and such. You have great ideas, I am going to try this TONIGHT!
You are awesome!
 

Damummis

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Quote:
I've done it with the sqft one, it works, the glue and towels dissolve with waterings.

Agreed. It doesn't harm them at all. I think it would help keep the seeds moist till germination.
 

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