Cheap Trick: Make Your Own Seedling Pots with Toilet Paper Rolls

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A quick tutorial on recycling empty cardboard rolls.

tube w slitstubed, folded
tube, w planttube, inground

• Take your empty and cut 1 inch slits across one side.

• Fold the slits down until it forms a flat surface.

• Pack a little potting soil inside each tube.

• Plant your seed.

•  Stand them up in a tray and water regularly.

• Once sprouted, plant tube and all directly in the ground.

Not only does it provide a collar against cutworms, but you never disturb the root system. The tube will disintegrate within the season and provide additional mulch to the soil.


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    • Mike: I think it’s most valuable for roots that are easily damaged in transplanting, like most root vegetables.

      My area is warm enough to sow directly but I can see using this technique for colder regions where it pays to start them indoors.

  1. JackieBCentralTexas

    Both are excellent tips Maria. passing the seedling one on to my husband as he may just implement next growing season in containers rather than in-the-ground planting since apparently our rains are going to be severe this year instead of gentle which is what we need for a garden to survive and flourish.

    Plus everyone around us who planted is complaining about the abundant rainfall/severe thunderstorms drowning their gardens and the usable produce is way below normal for them as a result.

  2. Jackie: We’ve been lucky. Since our main garden is in raised beds nothing has drowned. It’s thriving, though we could use a little more sunshine to get the fruit to ripen.

    It’s been a weird weather pattern this year.

    PS Happy birthday!

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