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How to Use Seed Tape

Streamline Your Garden With Seed Tape

How's your garden growing this Spring? If you've planted seeds, many of you might already be thinning your seedlings — essentially, pulling up tiny plants that are too close to their neighbors. One way you can avoid having to thin (and waste) seedlings is by using seed tape. They're a great choice for small-space gardens, since the seed tape embeds seeds in a perfectly spaced manner. I've been using Gardener's Seed Tapes ($5) in my garden this year for carrots, beets, and radishes. All the crops have germinated, but I've had the most consistent luck with the French breakfast radishes, which have gone gangbusters in the garden. In the picture above, you can see the row of radishes on the right-hand side, with beets behind it. The radishes have been so prolific that I'm giving them away left and right.

To use seed tape, you just unroll the biodegradable paper with the seeds embedded into a planting row and cover with soil. It's ridiculously easy, and since each seed is already spaced, thinning seedlings is eliminated.

Have you used seed tape before? How was your experience with it?

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RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
The point of this solution is of course to make your life easier, but if you want to take a step backwards, and put a little work into it, you can make your own seed tape: Maybe you could give it away or something, or use it for vegetables that you can't find on storebought seed tape (like your own heirloom tomatoes)
lauren lauren 6 years
I will be using this product for sure next year! My radishes are taking shape too, I planted the same varietal.
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