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Posted: Mar/17/2007 12:24 AM PST
Planting small vegetable seeds in the home garden can be a difficult both in spacing and depth, and keeping moist until germination.
Commercial seed tapes are one method, but they are difficult to handle, and all are often not available, plus the cost is high.
My method is shown in the pictures.
A roll of toilet paper is laid in the row, then dampened slightly, the seeds are planted on the paper. Another layer of toilet paper is laid on top and gently presssed together when rolling out. This layer is then dampened. The paper is then covered with strained earth to the required depth.
There are several advantages to this method. Spacing of seeds can be optimal, depth of soil covering can be controlled, and the paper brings the seeds into close contact with moisture. Even on a light windy day I have kept the paper in place by dampening as I roll out the paper. The paper completely disappears in a short time after the seeds come up. For example, carrots and beets are spaced perfectly on the paper so thinning later is not required. I only started this method in 2006.