How to Plant Seed Discs, Mats, Tapes, and Kits

How to Plant Seed Discs, Mats, Tapes, and Kits
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How to Plant Seed Discs, Mats, Tapes, and Kits

Easy Seed Starting that Saves Time, Money, and Resources 

Park Seed's Sow Effortless Collection™ offer growers quick and easy planting, effortless gardening, and biodegradable convenience. 

father and son placing seed tape in raised garden bedfather and son placing seed tape in raised garden bed

Seed Tapes  

Planting with seed tapes is incredibly straightforward, making it an excellent choice for both new and experienced gardeners. Here’s how to do it:

Prepare the Soil: Start with well-tilled soil that’s free of rocks and debris. Make sure the soil is moist.

Lay the Tape: Place the seed tape flat on the soil surface along the row where you want your plants to grow. If the tape is too long, you can easily cut it with scissors to fit your garden space.

Cover and Water: Cover the tape with a thin layer of soil (about 1/4 inch). Water gently to ensure the soil settles around the tape without washing it away.

pre-sown seed discs in plastic growing potspre-sown seed discs in plastic growing pots

Seed Discs

Seed discs are perfect for container gardening and take the guesswork out of spacing and depth.

Prepare the Pot: Choose a pot that fits the size of your seed disc, ensuring there is enough depth for root development.

Place the Disc: Simply place the disc on top of the potting soil in your container.

Cover and Water: Sprinkle a thin layer of soil over the disc and water it thoroughly. Ensure the disc is kept moist, especially during germination.

examples of pre-sown matsexamples of pre-sown mats

Seed Mats 

Seed mats are ideal for creating larger plantings and are especially useful for mixed plantings.

Prepare the Area: Clear the planting area of weeds and work the soil until it's loose and friable.

Roll Out the Mat: Lay the seed mat down, ensuring it's flat against the soil. If your garden area is smaller than the mat, you can trim it to size with scissors.

Secure and Water: Cover the mat with a thin layer of soil. Water the area thoroughly to ensure good soil contact and keep it moist until seeds germinate.

mircogreens growing in a traymircogreens growing in a tray

Microgreens Kits

Planting microgreens using kits is an easy and efficient way to enjoy fresh greens all year round, right from your windowsill or kitchen counter.

Prepare Your Kit: The Sow Effortless™ microgreens kit includes pre-sown seed mats. Because they are reusable, the growing tray and clear dome cover are sold separately. Start by placing the growing medium evenly in the tray.

Watering: Initially, ensure the medium is moist but not waterlogged. Use a spray bottle to mist the seeds lightly.

Cover the Tray: This helps maintain humidity levels, which are crucial for seed germination.

Provide Light: As soon as you see sprouts, remove the cover if used, and place the tray in a well-lit area or under a grow light. Microgreens need plenty of light to grow but should be protected from direct sunlight to avoid scorching.

Harvesting: Microgreens are ready to harvest when they’ve developed their first true leaves, typically within 1-3 weeks after planting. Use clean scissors to cut the greens just above the soil line.

Tips for Success 

Keep Moist: Seed tapes, discs, and mats need to be kept moist, especially in the first few weeks after planting. This ensures that the material breaks down properly and the seeds can germinate effectively.

Check Weather Conditions: If you expect heavy rain soon after planting, it might be a good idea to wait. Heavy rain can displace the seeds or erode the soil covering them.

Follow Specific Seed Needs: While seed tapes, discs, and mats simplify the planting process, always consider the specific light and temperature requirements of the seeds you are planting to ensure optimal growth.

By following these simple steps, gardeners can take full advantage of the convenience and efficiency offered by Park Seed's Sow Effortless Collection™ of seed tapes, discs, and mats, leading to a well-organized and productive garden.