On one of my (many) trips to the garden centers this spring, I came across seed tape. Haven't heard of it? Well, envision paper-thin toilet paper with seeds embedded (and mostly evenly spaced) into the nearly translucent strip of paper.
|The seed tape is lengthwise in this photo. You can see the seeds.|
My dad has used carrot seed tape for a couple years with good success. But he's a better vegetable gardener and has more patience. So I bought a couple packages. It should be noted that this stuff is not cheap. You could easily buy several packets of seed for what you pay for a single seed tape pack.
|Seed tape packaged and ready to plant.|
I watered...and waited....and lo and behold! Lettuce! GOOD lettuce! Beautiful lettuce! My self-seeded lettuce would never look so good or healthy. Or evenly spaced.
|Lettuce seed tape a few weeks after planting. Maple the beagle approves.|
|Basil seed tape.|
|Sadie, Lizzy and Madonna enjoying the lettuce buffet.|
|Sadie can't eat and chew fast enough.|