How to Make a Flower Seed Mat

Overview

Seed mats are a gardener's favorite, as they save time when it comes to putting seeds in the ground. Seeds are already evenly spaced on the mats and simply wait to be planted in order to germinate. You don't need to buy expensive flower seed mats. In fact, you can make your own right at home, which not only saves you money but allows you the freedom to be creative with your flower bed design, as you can plan out exactly how you want it to look.

Step 1

Unfold your napkin, or napkins, on a flat surface. Using a fine tip marker, mark the spots where you will be placing your seeds, making sure to follow directions on the seed packet regarding spacing between seeds.

Step 2

Mix up a paste of one part water to two parts flour. Put a dab of the paste on each marked seed spot.

Step 3

Take tweezers and pick up the individual seeds and place them in the paste, in their designated spots on the mat. Push the seeds far enough into the paste for them to stick.

Step 4

Let the mat dry completely, fold it up and store it in a dry area until you are ready to use it.

Step 5

Plant the mat when the time comes by preparing the garden bed according to directions for your type of seed. Lay the mat out flat, and cover to the instructed depth on the seed packet. Water according to directions and watch the mat turn into a well-designed flower bed.

Tips and Warnings

  • If mixing and matching seeds, don't put two types of seeds on the mat that require two different planting depths, as this will hinder germination of some of the seeds

Things You'll Need

  • Paper napkins
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Tweezers
  • Seeds

References

  • Planet Green: Make Your Own Seed Mats for Super Fast Gardening
  • Annie's Kitchen Garden: Home Made Seed Mat Tutorial
Keywords: flower seed mat, homemade seed mat, making flower mats

About this Author

A freelance writer for more than 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.