Impress the socks off the gardeners on your holiday gift list this year by making seed tape. Don't know what seed tape is? Basically it's tape that's impregnated with seeds. The tape is unrolled and planted in the ground in the springtime, and voila, the seeds sprout. Cool, huh? The process of making your own seed tape is pretty straightforward. The artistry comes in the packaging of said tapes. To make some, you'll need just a few things like this stuff:
Autumn over at Crafting a Green World thought a great way to promote both herself and a healthy planet would be to turn brown paper bags--plucked from the recyling bin--into business card seed packets. To make them, you'll need the following:
Paper egg cups make the perfect container for starting seeds and growing transplants.
Simply cut off the top half/the lid of the cartons, and fill each cup with potting soil. Place them on a sheet pan filled with water, and the set the pan in the sunshine or under grow lights. When the seedlings are ready for the garden, just cut the cartons into indiividual cups, and place the whole things in the soil. The cartons will dissolve, just like...
Part II. Seeds and Transplants.
If you planned on starting your own transplants from seeds, you’re a bit behind for this year. However, the schedule below details the best dates for starting transplants; use it in subsequent years, or to determine whether you should purchase seedlings or try it from scratch.
Early March: onions, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, morning glory, cypress vine...
The Makezine blog points out this living art/seed starter: a wall-hanging plant holder from Opulent Items. The plants are watered by the included reservoir, and the plants naturally grow forward (out), because that's whence the light comes.
The included diagram (below) makes it seem like they want you to DIY one; which is totally preferable to dropping $250 on a manufactured model.
Give your seeds a little head start with this easy greenhouse on the fly.
- Wooden spoon
- Electric Drlll and 1/4" bit
- Seed-starting pots
- Loose soil
- Clear plastic container
1.) Drill holes into your plastic container for ventilation.
2.) Fill your pots with seed starting mix, and poke divets with the chopstick. Then, add your seeds.
Read the full how-to from Modish.
Get hip to the pumpkin's built-in recycling feature with this classic technique.
1/2 pound of pumpkin seeds, about 1 1/2 cups (I prefer to buy the green, hulled version from Latin markets, where they’re known as pepitas)
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional: add 1/3 teaspoon smoked paprika)
1/4 teaspoon black...
Want something different than the same old Jack-o-Lantern this Halloween? How about an entire skeleton carved out of pumpkins? The ambitious how-to posted on Instructables by mcraghead will surely impress every trick-or-treater that sees it.
Of course such a project will produce a bunch of pumpkin guts and seeds. Here's a how-to from canida on turning said seeds into a tasty treat.