My bloggy friend from Goosie Girl posted origami seed starter pots, and I replied that I use toilet tissue rolls for that repurposing purpose. She replied how much easier that would be than folding newspaper into pots so I decided to share this simple to make, cheap, and biodegradable starter pot method. (Check out the Goosie Girl origami newspaper starter pots. I love Renee’s blog. I think you will, too.) This pot was put together very quickly and not especially neatly to relay a money saving idea…you can make them as pretty as you want to…but they will degrade, and all your work will be history.
toilet paper rolls
Start with an empty toilet paper roll…readily available in most every home. Especially those with women. (Here’s hoping anyway.)
Make three or four cuts equal distance apart about 1/3 the length of the roll. I made three cuts in this example, but they sit flatter and look prettier with four. This is one project pretty really doesn’t count…remember we are going to fill it with soil and keep it watered. It’s end result will be putting it in the ground. This is a fine example of beauty being only for a season…
Fold each of the sections toward the center, creasing the edge to form a bottom. If you use four cuts, it is possible to “square” the pot so that it will stand upright more easily.
Bottom of pot formed…tape if you wish, but I don’t find it necessary. If you tape it, remove the tape before transplanting. Plastic doesn’t degrade so easily.
Completed pot ready to be filled with soil and seeded and watered.
Collards seeds in pots…we’ve all heard “a watched pot never boils”, but watched collard seed pots take forever to germinate, too. These have been filled and seeded for over a week.
When it’s time to transplant your seedlings you pop open the bottom tabs and put the whole thing into the ground limiting the disturbance of roots.
I hope this idea is helpful to anyone trying to be thrifty and garden.
UPDATE: March 27 A.M.
The collards have emerged!
Until next time…
- JOY comes by putting Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself last.
- ~ unknown, but tried and true ~