Saturday, March 17, 2012

Planting Our Washington Garden while in Georgia

Since winter changed suddenly into summer down here in Georgia, we are getting anxious to start our garden.  With only a couple weeks left in the south, we feel a bit stymied when our gardening genes start to awaken.  My sister told me about a way to make your own seed tape, and since she had her three-year old granddaughter help her with her project, it sounded easy enough for us.
First step - make your glue - one tablespoon of corn starch in one cup of cold water.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it is bubbly and begins to thicken.  Remove from the heat and cool.
Our raised beds are 3' x 3', so we laid out a 3' section of toilet paper (unscented - the instructions call for single sheets, but all we had were double, and it was hard enough to hold the double thick sheets together).  Ron, who tends to more precision than me, carefully marked dots at 1" intervals in a double row on the toilet paper.
We filled a squeeze bottle with the cooled cornstarch mixture and Ron squeezed a dot of glue on each spot he had marked.
I opened the seed packages that we wanted to plant and put them in individual containers.  Then I dipped a toothpick into the cornstarch mixture and lifted seeds to place individually on the glue.
I found that more than one seed came out of the bin at once, so I placed them on my one finger to separate them and select each seed to place on the toilet paper.
We folded the edge of the TP over the seed and pressed it together to hold the row of seeds tightly.
We laid all the finished tapes out on the table to dry.  Once they are dry, we will roll them up and put them in a zip lock bag and take them to Washington where we can quickly plant them.  
NOTE:  Not sure where a 3-year old would help with this project, but it works fine with two seniors working as a team.