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March 23, 2009


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Great question, Margaret! I spaced my seeds according to the final distance, with the reasoning that unlike sowing directly into the soil, the "tape" gives you the chance to control from the start how your seeds are spaced. But for a little insurance, I put down 2 seeds in each space, just to increase my chances that *something* comes up! Good luck, please let me know how yours goes! That is, when spring comes to Minnesota. Alas for late springs....

Margaret Rheude

Hi Holly,
I came across your blog when looking for information about making seed tape. I have a question that I haven't found the answer to yet - when spacing the seeds on your seed tape, do you space them according to the initial planting distance, or the final one (after thinning). For instance, with my carrots, the packet suggests planting seeds every 1/2 inch, thinning to 1 inch, then thinning two weeks later to 2 inches. So, on the seed tape would I put the seeds 1/2, 1 or 2 inches apart? Thank you so much for your input - I really appreciate it. My husband and I just bought our first house (it has a great yard!) and I am itching to get seeds in the ground - like you - I'm in a northern Zone (Minnesota) and it will probably be another month!
-Margaret R.

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