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Urban Garden Project: Seeds Strips

Posted by vergelimbo On 4:59 PM 5 comments

Look closely and you can see the spacing of the seeds...
The latest addition to the ever growing list of "my inventions that other people actually brought to market" are the Ferry-Morse "Jiffy Strips" pictured above. The idea is simple: A strip of biodegradable paper with seeds appropriately spaced that you simply "plant" in an open furrow, and then bury. I tried out the "Nantes" carrots, and the Baby Belle radishes. Small seeds which require specific spacing are ideal for this system: Beets, turnips, leeks, onions, parsnips-essentially, any veggie that is row planted.

Isaac Kiwis Begin their Triffid-like Growth

I finally transplanted the Kiwi that my friend John had given me last year. They were on the verge of taking over my fire-escape garden. These Kiwi are Hillarian climbers, and arbor very nicely providing plenty of shade and a countless number of small, fuzz-less Kiwi that pack all the flavor of the store-bought variety, albeit on a lilliputian scale. I need to build my arbor ASAP.

Verge's improvements to the Jiffy Strips:

Rather than a dyed white tissue strip folded into a 5-inch packet, the strips should be made of a recycled paper/peat infused with organic fertilizer and nutrients. Seed Strips should also come in a roll, like scotch tape to minimize packaging...the current offering is un-necessarily over-packaged.


Seed Strips! What next? Spray-on flower beds? I like you improvement ideas for the strips-no dioxin enriched paper for this guy- I want peat with fertilizer. Love the blog and pictures too.

Keep it up Verge

Any suggestions on how to make homemade seed strips, ideally incorporating Verge's improvements? Seems like a good way to go... Great blog - keep posting!

Garden looks amazing. I need to come by and see it. If I ever get a life again. I love the altered seed strip idea. You better market it before someone else does. I finally put a new post on my blog.

Coffee soon sounds good....

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I will make a "how-to" video of making my ideal seeds strips using recycled paper and organic fertilizer some time soon.