Many of us are starting to avoid peat pots and pellets due to concerns over the environmental impact that commercial harvesting has on peat bogs. Without a doubt, the selling point of peat pots and pellets is the fact that you plant your seedlings, pot and all, and the pot decomposes in the soil over time. You can get this convenience without resorting to peat while keeping trash out of the landfills by reusing your toilet paper or paper towel rolls as seed starting pots. Here's how to do it.
Time Required: Depends on how many seeds you're starting.
- Make a series of 1 to 1.5 inch cuts around one end of the roll, approximately a half an inch apart.
- Fold the cut sections in toward the center of the roll. This will create the bottom of your pot.
- Place the seed pots on a tray, plate, or bowl. If they seem to not be standing up well on their own, you can support them a bit by tying some twine around the whole group of pots.
- Fill the pots with soil, moisten the soil and pot, and plant your seeds. Maintain as you would any seeds sown indoors.
- Plant in the garden, cardboard tube and all. If the cardboard is sticking up above the soil's surface, simply tear off any excess. If you don't, it will wick moisture away from the roots.
What You Need
- Cardboard toilet paper, paper towel, or wrapping paper rolls
- Tray, plate, or bowl to put seed pots on
- Seed starting medium