By now I think everyone knows how excited I am for spring to be here. It was a long winter! This week we have finally gotten some warm weather and I have been able to work on the beginning stages of the garden.
The past few years I have started my seeds using Gardener’s Supply Paper Seedstarting Pot Maker and overall they have worked well. They are more delicate, but break down very easily once planted.
Since I have a helper this year, I wanted something a little sturdier and decided to try out toilet paper rolls. Toilet paper rolls are a great option for biodegradable pots for seed germination. It is also nice to recycle common household materials instead of spending around $1/pot. Best of all, they are very kid friendly to make and handle.
Here is how to make these toilet paper seed-starting pots:
First, make 4 even cuts about 1″ – 1.5″ up on one end of the roll. Then fold the 4 tabs in.
Turn it over and fill with potting soil, leaving 1/2″ – 1″ of room at the top, depending on the type of seed you are planting.
I filled about a dozen cups with the potting soil to do one plant at a time.
Next, add the seeds. I started with sugar snap pees and added 2-3 seeds per pot.
Then fill each cup the rest of the way to the top with the potting soil. Last, water!
I use flats from previous plant purchases as well as strawberry/fruit containers to hold the cups. Then when it rains, the excess water can drain out. Otherwise you will have a swampy mess. This also makes it easy to bring the pots inside for those nights we get a frost.
Do you have a favorite way to start your seeds that has worked well for you?