Making Seed Tape: The perfect Christmas gift for the gardeners in your life.

by DIY Maven

homemade DIY seed tape gardener gift

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:

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Turn Brown Paper Bags into Seed Packet Business Cards

by DIY Maven

Turn Brown Paper Bags into Seed Packet Business Cards

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:

  • An inkjet printer
  • The seed packet outline template (download here in JPG or PDF file formats)
  • Embellishment option 1: A graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop or GIMP (free open-source software)
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    How To Start Seedlings in Egg Cartons.

    by Chris Gardner

    Paper egg cups make the perfect container for starting seeds and growing transplants.

    How To Start Seedlings in Egg Cartons.

    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...

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    How Does Your Garden Grow: Seeds and Transplants.

    by Chris Gardner

    Read Part I: Assessing Your Soil.

    Part II. Seeds and Transplants.

    How Does Your Garden Grow: 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...

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    Make a Five Minute Greenhouse.

    by Chris Gardner

     

    Give your seeds a little head start with this easy greenhouse on the fly.

    Make a Five Minute Greenhouse.

    Materials:

    • Wooden spoon
    • Chopstick
    • Electric Drlll and 1/4" bit
    • Seeds
    • 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.

     

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    How to: Roast Pumpkin Seeds

    by Chris Gardner

    Get hip to the pumpkin's built-in recycling feature with this classic technique. 

    How to: Roast Pumpkin Seeds

    Ingredients
    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...

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