8/23/2008 EXPERIMENT: Made seed tapes out of strips of newspaper. Placed dots of glue on one strip, at 4" intervals and dots of cornstarch/water mixture on the other. Placed a lettuce seed on each daub and planted them in bed #3, Elmers Glue to the north, cornstarch to the south. 8/29 3 plants from Elmer's glue and 1 plant from cornstarch. UPDATE: 9/7 only 3 of 6 germinated with Elmer's Glue and only 2 of 6 with cornstarch. Experiment is a bust, I will not make my own seed tapes.
"EXPERIMENT: Mixed 1/2 cup water with 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch, brought it to a boil, removed from heat and cooled. Stirred in quite a few carrot seeds (so it looked like I'd peppered the mixture) and poured it into a clean, empty squeeze bottle (Hershey's chocolate syrup). Made six shallow furrows in two square feet of the east (center) bed #3, 3 furrows per square. Shook up the mixture and squirted it as evenly as possible into the furrows. Covered very lightly with compost. 8/31 it looks as though germination is very successful with this method. Next time use a squeeze bottle with a smaller opening, but definitely the way to seed a row. UPDATE 9/7: Still feel this is the easiest, but it will still need a lot of thinning unless I can perfect it (use clear bottle so I can see how many seeds are floating in the mixture; use smaller opening).
8/23/2008 EXPERIMENT: Placed glue dots at 2" intervals, staggered rows, on one side of 1 ply of tissue (Puffs Plus), put a single carrot seed on each dot, folded the unglued side over the seeds. Messy, hard to pick up seeds with tweezers, glue seeps through tissue, labor intensive. Planted the half-square (abt. 4"x9")in the herb garden. 8/29 Forgot to note WHERE I planted it, may have set the sweet potato potted plant over it. 9/1 it looks as though a few carrots are germinating next to the potted plant, so this is probably where I planted it. UPDATE: 9/7 These plants have germinated, probably 90%! Perfectly spaced, will need no thinning. The labor it took might just be worth it!
So what do you think? Easy squirt bottle with later thinning to be done, or labor intensive seed placement on tissue, with no wasted seed or thinning?