I am really excited about this craft/gardening task.
I have to thank Amy at Raising Arrows for sharing about this tip last week.
One of our kids is completely inspired by all things farming. We really try to find projects that nurture his love for growing things when planning our homeschool day. I was thrilled to stumble upon a tutorial for teaching him how to make his own seed ribbons.
If you want to learn more about planting with seed strips, Gardeners.com is a great resource.
If you and your kids want to make your own seed strips, you can follow along.
toilet paper (We used Costco brand)
paint brush (We used chop sticks)
Place Flour into a bowl and mix with water until it forms a paste.
Measure a piece of toilet paper so it is the length of your table.
Fold the paper in half.
Read Seed packets to determine how far apart to “sow seeds”.
Using a ruler, mark the paper with a pen at the proper spacing. (This makes it much easier for younger helpers!)
Place a dollop of glue on each mark.
Place 1-3 seeds per dollop of glue.
Use your table or workspace to create a production line.
Cover your table with seed strips.
Let the strips dry. If you have enthusiastic helpers, you will need them to rest over night.
If you have enthusiastic helpers, you will need them to rest over night. (Kids love using too much glue)
Simply (and gently) roll the strips and label.
Wrap with rubber band until planting day!
When you are ready to plant:
Dig trench to the proper planting depth.
Lay strip into trench.
Cover with soil.
Voila! Planting made easy!
My boys LOVED this project. We are ready for our early plantings, how about you?