Blog Archives

DIY Seed Tape

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

Huh? Seed tape?

20120916-213423.jpg

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

20120916-213535.jpg

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.

20120916-213806.jpg

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.

20120916-214012.jpg

Determine the seed spacing then add seeds.

20120916-214048.jpg

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

20120916-214305.jpg

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.

Drip Irrigation

FINALLY!

We knew when the beds were put in that drip irrigation was ultimately where we wanted to end up. Here in central Texas we are still in a drought, and while currently not under water restrictions, I’ve tried to act like we were to see if I could garden in a drought.

The thing is there are so many options with drip irrigation. Too many. I needed a starter kit, something to be able to look at and go from there. Alas, I could not justify the $60 price tag at my usual big box garden store. Amazon was sold out on the kit I liked there. I wanted to get the irrigation in place for my fall garden. Knowing this is my learning curve for spring garden 2.0.

Well, google led me to Raised bed irrigation which then led to DIG corp drip irrigation kit. Available at Home Depot for 1/3 the cost of a different brand starter kit at another garden retailer ( I’m not advocating a certain store, or a certain brand drip irrigation. I will say that the Home Depot mobile site does tell you what aisle to look in).

It was not only simple to set up, it had a great guide included. And at about $20 I figured it would at least be a good start.

We did a central line the width of the box with the drip line running the length.

20120902-204518.jpg

I like this way because I can change the length lines to solid tubing with emitters for things like tomatoes when I can only get 2 per length of the bed, or squash. While I can put in different for carrots, radishes, or parsnips.

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get my fall garden plants in.

Garden update 4-17

20120417-121240.jpg

Ladybugs! The local nursery sells them, while I doubt I have a major need for them, but they are fun to watch infest the garden. I put them out back on the raised beds and also out front on the roses.

Garden wise my plum tomato is going crazy. Almost a dozen green tomatoes. The other tomatoes have a few tomatoes each.

20120417-121803.jpg

Where’s Waldo for tomatoes.

20120417-121921.jpg

The sweet peppers just sort of popped in over night it seems.

I dropped the amount of water I was using in the garden and this seemed to help out quite a bit on greening up some of the yellow plants. I’m so used to clay, it’s hard to tell when real dirt is moist.