Make Your Own Seed Tape

Seed tape is a great product for planting that has seeds embedded right into it. It’s perfect for planting tiny seeds like carrot that are difficult to space in the garden.
The “tape” is made of bio-degradable paper which is planted directly into your garden. I love using seed tape, although it tends to be pricey. But you can make your own seed tape for a fraction of the cost of pre-made tape.
Seed tape has several advantages. No seed is wasted; the seeds are embedded into the paper tape one at a time and are perfectly spaced and ready to go into the garden. This also means that no thinning is required. They are especially useful for tiny seeds which can be difficult to plant such as radish, carrot, lettuce or parsnip.
The seeds are spaced at the distance you'll want them to grow in the garden.
Planting the tape in the garden is as easy as laying it on the prepared bed and covering lightly with soil. Be sure to keep moist.
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  • Douglas Hunt on Apr 20, 2014

    I have seen this before. It seems like such a good way to get good spacing.

  • JackieD on Apr 25, 2014

    Thanks for the good idea.

  • Bunny Finley on Apr 25, 2014

    that is a great idea.

  • Marsha S on Apr 25, 2014

    Where do you buy the seed tape and what is it called?

  • Janet F on Apr 25, 2014

    Could u use toilet paper?

    • Judy on Apr 26, 2014

      @Janet F Absolutely. It's made to biodegrade quickly when wet & is perfect for making seed tape! Just don't use facial tissue or paper towels. They're made to be tough & not fall apart easily....the seeds can't sprout through them.

    • Janet F on Apr 26, 2014

      Thanks, Judy. I don't like to plant seeds like carrots and radishes because I hate to have to thin them and destroy all those little plants. This would be a great alternative.

    • TerriD on Jan 24, 2015

      This works like a charm. Try it.

  • Marsha S on Apr 26, 2014

    Thank you

  • Edna Hanson on Apr 27, 2014

    looks like TP!

  • Amanda @ Popper & Mimi on May 20, 2014

    Great idea! I absolutely hate planting carrots and lettuce. This looks like it will make it SO much easier!

  • Sandi on Jun 04, 2014

    How do you get the seed to stay put in the paper?

  • HFredda on Mar 04, 2020


    The issue is what is customary on. “Hometalk”. The norm is the finished product is shown.

    What would have worked was a photo(s) of a previous crop, Sandi! 🙂