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scabs

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Seed tape
« on: February 27, 2010, 15:53 »
What's the general opinion of them?

I've never used them but picked some leek up yesterday - it will be my first time trying leeks too, so this should be interesting...

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Re: Seed tape
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2010, 15:56 »
They work but they're very expensive for what you get, and you're limited in varieties as well as straight lines which is awkward if you intensively plant.

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Re: Seed tape
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2010, 16:00 »
Yes, 2.55 for 16m, but it seemed like an interesting idea (its new to me anyway!)


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Re: Seed tape
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2010, 16:19 »
I picked up one of the garden mags/paper only last week and it showed how to make your own reed tapes using cornflower starch paste and other stuff??????? Maybe someone could post the recipe on here?  ???

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Re: Seed tape
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2010, 16:25 »
they are cheap if you buy them at lidl 99 cents here in ireland :D i've never used them though

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Re: Seed tape
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2010, 16:26 »
I tried them ages ago Scabs, but didn't like them. They seemed to take forever to germinate, it seemed as if the tape had to almost disintegrate first.

Fingers crossed yours are better!
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Re: Seed tape
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2010, 16:33 »
Hi Scabs, I have a few of these to try this year as I cannot handle seeds well as my hands have no feeling. I have like you bought leeks, but also some salad mix and little gems. I also have some mats with herbs in.

I know they may not be cheaper but I waste a lot of seed with my hands so for me it will be a good experiment.
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Re: Seed tape
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2010, 17:22 »
I used Parsnip seed tape last year, and i had great results. :)

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Re: Seed tape
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2010, 17:42 »
ya i'd recommend it for things like parsnips and carrots as there would be less thinning needed and so there would be less carrot fly :D

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Re: Seed tape
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2010, 17:49 »
Thanks peeps, we'll see how we go.  :)

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Re: Seed tape
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2010, 23:43 »
i have some of these to try too! Have you planted yours already ?

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Re: Seed tape
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2010, 11:59 »
Not planted yet, no.

Still very cold and extremely wet at the moment.

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Re: Seed tape
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2010, 12:04 »
im trying some for the first time this year scabs got a pack of carrot,parsnip,swede and celeriac tapes at two metre long respectively.try anything once :D
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Re: Seed tape
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2010, 15:48 »
I'm trying some for the first time this year too. It was actually the only seeds I could find for Titchmarsh organic Ice King lettuce. I grew this lettuce last year and it's the nicest lettuce I ever tasted, as well as being very tough and easy to grow. For some reason none of the shops near me seem to have these seeds this year so I had to grab the seed tape.

And as far as I know there's nothing wrong with my hands, but I still seem to have an inability to plant small seeds in the ground without dropping hundreds of them where I meant to drop a few :) 

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Re: Seed tape
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2010, 11:17 »
I've bought a couple of seed mats that fit into 6" pot for rocket this year to see what they are like.



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