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Some vegetable and flower seeds are very tiny and hard to handle.  You end up either getting too many too close together or missing places you want to plant them.  Increasingly, seed companies are offering strips of paper with the seeds attached at just the right interval for planting.  The problem is that these seed tapes are expensive and are not offered for all vegetables and flowers you may want them for.  Here is how to make your own seed tape with a few supplies that almost everyone will have around the house.

You will need the following supplies:  seeds, paper towels, glue (non-waterproof, such as Elmer’s all in one glue), a tape measure, a pencil, a toothpick, and waxpaper.

Cut the paper towel into 1 inch strips.

Take one strip and mark where the seeds go based on the distance between seeds listed on the packet.  Use pencil to make these marks.  It makes less of a mess when glue is put on to it than ink does.

Put a small pool of glue on the waxpaper.

Dip the toothpick in the glue and pick up one seed on the end of the toothpick.  Put the toothpick on the paper towel, then slide it out from under the seed.  This should leave you a seed stuck to the paper towel but without glue on top of it.

Repeat this step for all your seeds.  Let the glue dry then go out to your garden.Dig a trench the depth the seed is supposed to be planted, place the paper towel with the seeds in the trench, and cover, following the directions on the seed packet for depth of coverage.  The paper towel and glue will decompose, leaving the seeds ready to sprout.

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