Wednesday, June 24, 2020

In My Small Vegetable Plot. A Review of Vegetable Seed Tapes

A solitary beetroot from my first seed tape planting!
I grow a selection of vegetable and salad crops intensively in two small beds in my cottage-style garden. The results that I had from spring onion (escallion) and beetroot seed tapes have so far been very disappointing.

 I made succession plantings of sections of tape from late April onwards. So far, only two beetroot plants have appeared and the spring onions are taking a very long time to germinate, despite some lovely warm sunny days here in Robin Hood land. I suspect that, as with the beetroot, most of the spring onion seeds will not germinate.  I have packets of conventional seeds in hand and am about to wander into the garden and sow these alongside the remaining unplanted tapes so that I can make comparisons in a few weeks time.

You can find out more about cottage garden plantings from my article on

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