Easy Seed Planting

Try toilet paper for precise, simple seed planting. You’ll use and lose fewer seeds!

Toilet Paper

Aligning your seeds on toilet paper planting strips will help keep them right where you want them — no need for thinning later!


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I like to plant my garden seeds in specific spots in my garden beds.

To do this, I place a few sheets of toilet paper on a flat surface. Then, I make a 50:50 solution of honey and water in a fine-tipped squirt bottle. I sparingly dampen the tissue with the honey solution, drop some seeds onto the TP strip where I want them, and cover the seeds with another few thicknesses of toilet tissue. I then let the whole thing dry, before moving the strip outdoors.

When dry, I put the tape in a prepared garden bed. If the seeds need darkness to germinate, I cover the sheets with a fine layer of sifted soil and keep it moist. If they are seeds that need light to germinate, I leave the sheets on the surface, and just keep the whole strip moist.

The tissue quickly decomposes, and I get great results with this method. I use (and lose) fewer seeds this way too, and I have no need to thin later.

Jane Bell
Boise, Idaho