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Got It Taped

Small fingers can find it difficult to get even distribution of small seeds along shallow drills in soil. Pre-sown seed tapes are the answer, they are no more than narrow strips of tissue paper with seeds evenly spaced between two layers. All the youngsters have to do is press a thick cane into well cultivated, fine soil, water the depression and then place the tape onto the wet surface where it sticks. Unless the soil is really crumbly and fine enough to cover the tape by a centimetre or so, the safe way is to cover the tape with some damp seed compost. Our picture shows scholars from St Michaels School in Essex sowing carrot seed tape in their greenhouse border soil this week. It is still too cold to sow outside, in unprotected soil, in most parts of the country. Where autumn and January sown sweet peas have been raised under cover, they could be planted out after hardening off to outdoor conditions for several days when no frost is forecast.



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