Ok, we admit it, there’s a bit of a toilet roll theme going on at the moment. Following on from Sarah’s guest post yesterday on planting carrots in cardboard toilet roll inners, I just had to get my oar in too.
Since the middle of November, I’ve been avidly saving toilet roll tubes, kitchen towel inners and even the cardboard inners from brown paper rolls for making seedling pots.
I’ve got my eye on one of Sarah’s gorgeous paper potters to turn all our newspapers into a veritable array of pots, but in the meantime I’ve been doing what I can with cardboard. Each year I buy thin plastic seed trays from the garden centre and every year I throw them away after use. I’ve not yet found a way to get the seedlings out of these trays without breaking the plastic. I guess they are designed that way – there’s not much money to be made from a reusable item.
Last year I paid a Kings ransom for some biodegradable pots and realised I’d been, as they say in the trade, taken for a ride. I mean, come on – biodegradable pots; that’s just a toilet roll inner, right? There’s no faffing around trying to get the seedling out of the pot, you just chuck the whole lot in the ground and the cardboard disintegrates, keeping the seedling happy and snug in the meantime. Horrah!
And if you’re anything like me; anything that helps me find the seedling, as opposed to all the weeds in the garden, can only be a big cause for celebration.
It’s not rocket science and the end product’s not exactly pretty, but if you want to know how we make our very own biodegradable pots then sit down with a cuppa for two minutes and feast your eyes on my moment of creativity:
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