The seeds tapes can be planted now, or rolled up, sealed in a bag and stored for future use. I was using some left over seeds, so it cost very little to make these seed starting tapes.
This would be a fun project to do with children or granchildren.
Many thanks to Sandi Bloms of North Dakota. She submitted this tip to Garden Gate magazine and it appeared in the Feb. 1996 issue.
I planted the seed tapes in a bed that was ruined by a rogue raccoon. Hopefully he will leave the bed and seedlings alone, but you can't fight the wildlife.
Seed tapes placed in furrows
10-2 foot rows
5 Beets -Golden
2 Swiss Chard - Bright lights
1 jalepeno chile
1 habanero chile
1 poblano chile
I covered the seedlings with a light layer of potting soil. I replanted some green bean seeds that hadn't germinated, and I added a plastic pot in the center of the beans. I like to reuse old plastic containers to fertilize and deep water my gardens.
I hope to follow up soon with new pictures of my summer garden.
The seed tapes with the swiss chard and the beets are sending up seedlings.
I don't have any seedlings from the pepper plants yet, but those seeds generally take longer to germinate, especially if the soil temperature is still cool.Watch for weekly follow up pics.