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Lots of vegetables have very tiny seeds. You can buy a variety of contraptions to help control how many seeds you put down in the soil, but the easiest planting I have done was with lettuce paper seed tape last year. I bought it from a commercial seed vendor online and it made planting those tiny seeds a cakewalk. I had a small length of it left over this year, but only a fraction of what I want to plant in total, and it occurred to me that making seed tape would be pretty much the easiest thing in the world and it would help the planting go more smoothly. Here is how I did it.

Step 1: What you'll need

Toilet paper - thinner is better; I used Scott
Seeds
Spritzer filled with water
Counter space

 
Fantastic ! That's brilliant :o)
I've always had issues with sowing too many fiddly seeds close together directly into the ground, but this saves all the hassle. I'm definitely going to o this, Thanks :o)
wsround2 years ago
This is a great idea.

I was wondering it sounds like you just use water to keep the sheets of toilet paper together. Have you thought of using a mixture of water and corn starch in a spray bottle to hold it together better?
kewpiedoll99 (author)  wsround2 years ago
I had not. Water seems to hold it together just fine, but I did make sure to press down on the length of the tape to make sure. I think using Scott tissue, which is super thin (good for septic systems!), makes it work. I haven't tried it with others.
verence2 years ago
Clever use of cheap toilet paper.. :-)

Does the water trigger the germination of the seeds, so you have to use the bands immediately or can they be stored for, say, some weeks?
kewpiedoll99 (author)  verence2 years ago
oooh, i don't know. i will have to do an experiment. will post with results.
kewpiedoll99 (author) 2 years ago
I had not. Water seems to hold it together just fine, but I did make sure to press down on the length of the tape to make sure. I think using Scott tissue, which is super thin (good for septic systems!), makes it work. I haven't tried it with others.

In fact I wrote this up and posted it before wondering if other Instructables exist for this same concept. They do, but they use different techniques. There are always lots of ways to do things. I discovered DebH57 uses cornstarch to make a glue. Meanwhile, mole1 uses a glue stick. I mention them here as a little shout out.