13 Jun Gardening: make your own seed paper
We were all OBSESSED with the Checkers Little Garden initiative. I definitely was. Now that it’s over, I found out just how easy it is to make your own seed paper to store or to keep the little ones interested in gardening.
I loved the Little Garden initiative. I know that most of the country was obsessed with collecting their plants and watching them grow. We all got into gardening. I’m a fan of anything that gets anyone into it, because it means that more people are planting fruit and veg and becoming self-sustaining.
The initiative is over now and we’re left wanting for more. Fret not, below is the easiest way to make your own seed paper. Once you’ve made it, you can use it right away, or stash it away to sow at a later stage. It’ll keep the kids interested in gardening.
What you’ll need
- Toilet paper
- Cake flour
First you need to prep the toilet paper. I only used a square here because I planted my seeds in medium-sized pot. If you have a bigger space and you want to plant loads of seeds, use a longer strip. You need to separate two-ply toilet paper, as this works best with one-ply.
Mix cake flour with a little bit of water to form a thick paste. With a toothpick or the back of a spoon, dab a bit of the paste on the toilet paper. Make sure to space the dabs so that your seeds can grow. Place one seed per dab. Cover it with the second bit of toilet paper, or fold it over if you want to use only one side of the sheet.
You are now ready to plant it or you can put it away to plant at another time, just make sure to store it in a dry place.
Fill your pot with potting soil – you can get this at any nursery. Leave about 1.5-2cm from the top. Place your seed paper on top of the soil and cover it.
It’s very important to make sure that seed paper isn’t covered with more than 1.5 – 2cm of soil.
Water well and with your hands press firmly down on the soil to compact it. This also helps to get rid of any air pockets in the soil and helps the seeds to get nice and comfortable to start germinating. Water your seeds whenever you notice it’s dry. Do not water it too often or when the soil is still wet.
IMPORTANT: MORE PLANTS DIE BECAUSE OF OVER WATERING THAN NOT. DO NOT OVER WATER YOUR PLANTS. YOU ARE LITERALLY DROWNING THEM.
I planted some spinach this way at the weekend and can’t wait to eat fresh vegetables from my own garden.