Kids’ Valley Garden

Starting Tiny Seeds

When seeds are very tiny or the colour makes them difficult to see against thesoilyou can use one of these methods to make it easier:

Toilet Paper Method:

small seeds

  • Make a shallow trench in your garden in the row where you want to plant your tiny seeds.
  • Lay a strip of toilet paper in the trench and drop your seeds onto the paper.
  • Read the seed packet to see how muchsoilthey need to be covered with and gently sprinkle it on top of the seeds.
  • Gently but thoroughlywaterthe row and your seeds will start to grow as the toilet paper rots away.

*A tip: single ply and recycled toilet papers are cheaper and better for the seeds because they don’t contain dyes or bleaches*

Seed Tape Method:

seed tape

  • Seed tape is available at most nurseries but it’s more expensive than toilet paper and does the same job.
  • Stick the tiny seeds on the sticky side of the tape.
  • Place the tape seed-side up in the shallow trench in the garden and cover it with the correct amount of soil.
  • water thesoiland watch for your seeds to grow.
  • The tape will disintegrate as your seeds grow.

Seed Goop Method:

things you need to make seed goop

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon (5 ml) corn starch
  • 1 cup (250 ml) cold water
  • 1/8 cup (25 ml) pre-germinated seeds
  • a saucepan and wooden spoon
  • a clear plastic bag and a twist tie
  • a pair of scissors

Mix the corn starch and coldwaterin the saucepan, stirring well to dissolve any lumps.

cooking the goop

  • Carefully bring it to a boil and then let it cool completely until it feels like thick syrup.
  • Gently stir in the seeds and let it cool to the point where you can touch it without burning yourself.
  • Pour the ‘goop’ into the bag and close the top with the twist tie.
  • Prepare your shallow trench in the garden where you want the seeds to grow.

bag of goop

  • Snip off a small corner of the bag and squeeze out the goop along the trench.
  • Cover the ‘goop’ with the correct amount of soil,waterit and wait for your seeds to sprout.

planting

 

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