Seed starters for cheapos and righteous environmentalists
Cut and Clip
Use Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
Ok, mock me if you must. It's a seed starter made from an empty toilet paper roll.
Actually, it's two seed starters from 1 empty TP roll. It's a frugal, recycled, and just plain fun.
Last winter, I collected a bag of empty TP rolls. It's a no brainer project, something you can do while watching TV.
Fold 4 Flaps
Make a Square Bottom for a Round Pot
Cut the roll in half. Clip 4 slits into one end of the half roll, making 4 flaps.
Fold the 4 flaps to make a square bottom to your pot. Fill with seed starting mix. Moisten. Plant a seed in each pot. Place under the grow lights and wait for the miracle of the seedling to appear.
Use Good Quality Seed Starting Mix
Plant Pot in the Garden
I planted Baby Napa Cabbage in these pots. Usually, I plant a single large seed, like a squash seed. The little pots are not a good idea for tomato seeds, which need to develop a larger root system in the 6-8 weeks they spend under the grow light.
When your seedling is big enough to transplant, unfold the bottom of the pot and plant it in the garden. The few weeks head start in the growing season, may provide an opportunity for succession planting. Or, the early start will at least extend the season for more than one harvest.
Free Seed Starting Pots
Do Good, Save Money
I can't say planting directly in the tp pot prevents transplant shock, but it can't hurt.
There are a couple hundred plants under the grow lights on the kitchen table, and only four seedlings are potted in TP pots. I did it to show you how.
It's one more earth friendly thing I can do today.
I bought Baby Napa Cabbage seed from Renee's Garden Seed.
Or, try Cow Pots for seed starting
Baby Napa Cabbage
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