There's this odd tendency for seeds to just accumulate in my house.
Really, I don't know how it happens.
So when faced with 16 packets of carrot seeds, it was time to do something about it.
Easy to do, can be frozen and kept until planting time.
To make a seed tape, you will need seeds (no problem there!), non-toxic glue, and some form of biodegradable fabric or paper- the faster is gives, the faster your seeds will sprout; so I use bathroom tissue.
Place a spot of glue the distance you want to space your seeds.
Remember, if you are going by what the seed packet says, look for the 'thin' to distance if there is one.
For example, carrot seed packets advise to "Thin to 2-3 inches apart" so that's how far apart to put the glue.
Fold in half and you are done.
You can keep these in the freezer until planting time.
Plant the tape at the same depth you would have planted the seed.
In this case, not too deep. Cover with soil and water.
Of course if you water if frequently, it will sprout sooner, and any residual paper will decompose.
Plant your tapes the same distance apart you would have planted the seeds.
Since I plant in raised beds, this is the same distance as is suggested between seeds.
You can store unused tapes in the freezer- I know I can stagger my carrot plantings throughout the season, so now I have some tapes ready to go.
This works wonderfully for any small seeds...and I have tons of them.
Do you 'accumulate' seeds as well?
I've heard that moderation in all things is the best way.
If only I could practice that.