Gardening Basics – How to Use Seed Tape


Hi, I’m Gardener Scott. Seed tape is a simple product that many gardeners know nothing about. For some it’s a mystery. Join me as I show you how easy it is to plant your garden using seed tape. So what is seed tape? It’s not a sticky tape for picking up seeds. It’s actually a strip with individual seeds embedded on that strip. When you purchase it you’ll get a long strip almost four feet long and there are seeds evenly spaced along this strip. For this seed tape, for radishes, each of these seeds look to be almost exactly one inch apart, so when you put this seed tape in the ground your seeds are now almost exactly one inch apart. This works really well if you want a very precise growing bed if the seeds are very small and you try to place them by hand… We’ve all had that experience where the seeds go everywhere. You drop three, you drop six, and you’re really only trying to drop one. Seed tapes alleviate that problem because individual seeds are spaced along the entire length of the strip. This one is a purchased seed tape. I’ve also made my own and I’ll talk about that at the end of this video. Whether you make them yourself or whether you buy them, you might consider using seed tape in your garden. I use them for beds where I want to have a lot of seeds growing in one bed and it really helps me max out my harvest. Like with all seeds you’ll want to read the package because it’ll tell you how deep they need to go. Just because it’s in a tape doesn’t mean that the depth changes at all. For these radishes, they need to be half an inch deep. I find the best way to do the seed tape is to take a trowel and to just dig a trench as close to half an inch deep as possible and then all you do is take the tape and lay it into the trench. Now, your trench isn’t going to be perfect. Your depth isn’t going to be perfect, and you can use a ruler if you want to, but you’re just trying to get close and once the tape is at the correct depth you just cover it up and the nice thing about these tapes is you can just tear them with your fingers because it’s just a paper. And do another trench. I’m gonna put these trenches about four inches apart and you can see how fast this goes. You lay the trench in the hole… or you lay the tape in the trench, tear it off, lay the tape in the trench, get another tape, lay it in the trench, tear it off, cover it up, and in a matter of just a few seconds I’ve put probably about 75 to 100 radish seeds in this bed. Do try to make sure that you cover all of the paper because when you water, any of that paper that might still be exposed will dry out and it could lead to the entire strip drying out. Once it’s all in place you just wait for it to germinate. Here’s a bed of radishes that I planted using seed tape. You can see how nice and straight and evenly spaced all the rows are and the bed is filled with radish plants. Another reason for using seed tapes, I think it’s a great idea to help introduce kids to gardening. It helps teach kids a little bit about distance and depth but for little fingers and small hands it’s a really easy way to put seeds in the ground, so they don’t have to worry about trying to drop individual seeds into individual holes. They can just lay a strip, stand back, and they’ve planted a garden. You don’t have to buy your seed tape to use seed tape. You can make your own. In fact I think it’s a wonderful late winter early spring activity. If you go to gardenerscott.com you’ll see a slideshow of how I’ve made seed tape in the past and little later this year, when it’s cold outside and I can’t be in my garden, I’ll show you a video of how to make seed tape using a number of different simple easy and almost free methods. And there you have it. How to use seed tape in your garden. If you have any comments or questions please let me know. If you haven’t subscribed to the Gardener Scott channel you can do so now. If you like the video you can give me a thumbs up and you can share it. I’m Gardener Scott Enjoy gardening. you

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