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DIY Seed Tape

Finally something I’m early for in the garden. Seed tapes!

Huh? Seed tape?

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Ok so maybe toilet paper seed squares is a better term since I broke them up.

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You need:
– cheap dye free toilet paper
– glue that is water dissolvable.
– seeds
Optional: food coloring.

I chose to use food coloring so I would know where the glue dot was, and so later I know the seed spacing.

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As an FYI mixing food coloring into a whole bottle of glue is not easy, and is downright annoying. But, I don’t have to mix glue and color every time I make seed tapes (and I have less red fingers). The color does not matter, but I got red so I can use it later for red velvet cake.

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Determine the seed spacing then add seeds.

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I used tweezers. Yeah the nails don’t help. You should hear me type!

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Once all the seeds are in place, place a sheet of toilet paper on the top. Let dry.
Then place seed tapes in a bag with the seed packet (you were wondering how to tell them apart huh?).

I also over seeded each one. You’re never going to get 100% germination. If you do, please tell me how.

Finally I broke the sheets apart to allow succession planting. These ‘tapes’ work for carrots, beets, parsnips, or any other small seed that can easily be washed away, or just need to be barely covered and birds like to steal them.

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Roses

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One thing that we learned very early after purchasing our house is that when someone else has made it home you find interesting situations in the yard to deal with. Honestly, when we were looking at the house I wasn’t that concerned with the yard and the plants that were already here. I was more concerned about how we were going to make this house our home.

As time went on and we were more settled inside our home, I began to look at what we had outside. While there hadn’t been a lot that was done to the yard one thing that really struck me is why is there a cactus next to a rosebush? I mean, honestly, really who does that?!

Now I wish I had taken pictures of what the roses looked like last year and all through the winter. Sad would be a massive understatement. The rose bush was very lanky, long stemmed and quite bad looking. Once things started to warm up again in the spring I came to a definite decision regarding the rose bushes fate. Either it was going to behave in a manner appropriate and proper for a rosebush or it was going to be replaced.

I can not stress this enough , what I did to the rose bush is not advisable without knowing what kind of rose you have, unless you were at the point that I was which is as follows; I will have a decent looking rosebush or I will replace it. What did I do you ask? I randomly took my hedge trimmers and obliterated half of the rosebush. Yes, I viciously trimmed a rose that I had no idea of what it was, when it would bloom, or it’s pruning requirements.

Buy some freshman gardening miracle my rosebush which now I see is two separate rose varieties wanted and needed a drastic trimming.

At this point you are probably looking at the picture saying, hey that looks awesome. Yes it does look awesome, but understand I was to the point that it was either going to behave and be a gorgeous rosebush, or I was going to mercilessly dig it up and replace it with another succulent. Also, don’t ask why a rose and a cactus are coexisting so happily together. I have no freaking clue.

Urban gardening update

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These are 2 4×4 foot beds that are 12 inches deep. We think it will take about a cubic yard of dirt to fill them. After doing the math it’s almost $100 cheaper to buy the garden soil in bulk. Make sure to find a reputable place and only buy good quality soil meant for use in a garden. Otherwise don’t be upset when your plants don’t make it.

We hope to get the dirt this weekend to fill the boxes. The past few weekends have just been nasty.