Make Your Own Seed Tape

Seed tape sets your seedlings onto paper to help you store them for the next season. When it’s too cold or rainy to go out into the garden, make your own seed tape for your next planting day.

What you will need

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Sugar paper (100% recycled paper)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Small paintbrush
  • Seeds
  • Small bowl
  • Plate

What to do to create your seed tape

  1. Measure out double the width of your ruler and draw a line on the sugar paper. Cut strips along this line.
  2. Mix equal parts water and flour into a paste to the consistency of syrup.
  3. Decant seeds onto a plate, separating them out. This makes it easier to pick up the seeds.
  4. Using your paintbrush, drop dollops of flour onto the paper, spacing them approximately 5cm apart.
  5. Place 2 – 3 seeds onto the flour dollops. Cover lightly with more flour mixture.
  6. Fold the paper over and firm down until the flour mixture is absorbed by the paper. This will seal the seed onto the tape.
  7. Write down the year and seed name on the paper.
  8. Wait to dry and store in an airtight container, in a cool dry place, until planting season.

When planting

  1. Scrape away a thin layer of soil and lay down the seed tape. If your seeds need to be further apart than the 5cm used, cut the tape into sections and spread them out accordingly. Cover lightly and firm down.
  2. Water well. The paper will slowly break down as the seeds germinate.
  3. Remember to label what you have planted.
  4. Once the seeds have germinated and the true leaves are showing, remove the weakest seedling.
This is also a lovely way to share your special seeds with a fellow gardener.
The Gardener