If you’re starting plants from seeds this year, don’t waste your hard-earned cash on tiny planters from the garden center. Save a few bucks - and get a little more use out of your throw-aways - by making your own seed-starters from recycled materials!
To make your own biodegradable mini-planter (that’s right, no transplanting!), you will need scissors and a toilet paper or paper towel roll.
How to make it:
1. Using scissors, cut six to eight small slits in the end of your toilet paper roll (if using a paper towel roll, cut the roll into three pieces before beginning this step).
2. Fold the strips down so they overlap.
3. Fill carefully with wet soil, and set in a baking sheet.
4. Plant one seed per roll. After germination, just plant the whole thing in your garden!
If you don’t mind transplanting your seedlings, you can use all kinds of recyclables for germination: Takeout containers, plastic cups, soda bottles and shoe boxes - just to name a few.
Will be actually using these plus milk/soda containers for sprouting my seeds this year.
8:02 am • 31 December 2012 • 782 notes
Everything for me starts with this—Research, and planning. Some has to be planted now—or at least soon, and some can wait until later months. After I know how much I’m doing and where, I can start figuring out where I’m planting each of these things—containers, raised beds, or just in the ground on our property somewhere, where it won’t be destroyed by a dog or a weedwhacker.
And for my coding—I’ll have the month, then either “transplant” for if it needs to be started inside then moved outside 4-6 weeks later, or “in garden” for if it goes directly into the soil.
- Jalapeno Pepper(January, Transplant)
- Bell Pepper(January, Transplant)
- Cherry Tomato(January, Transplant)
- Beefsteak Tomato(January, Transplant)
- Garlic(January, in garden)
- Sweet Onion(January, in garden)
- Horseradish(January, in garden)
- Garden Bean—Bush Snap(January, in garden)
- Cucumber, straight 8(April, in garden)
- Zuchinni Squash(March, in garden)
- Squash, yellow straightneck(March, in garden)
- Spinach(January, in garden)
- Lettuce(january, transplant)
To buy as far as veg:
-Roma Tomatoes(January, transplant)
-Banana Peppers(January, Transplant)
-Potatoes, red bliss and yukon golds(January, in garden)
And now Herbs:
- Rosemary(January, transplant)
- Chives(February, Transplant)
- Basil(January, transplant)
- Parsley(january, transplant)
- Onion/Scallions(January, in garden)
- Oregano(January, transplant)
- Cilantro(February, Transplant)
And to buy:
-Creeping Thyme(February is my guess, and I plan on putting it somewhere as an ornamental or such.)
I live in zone 8a and I have grown herbs and veg in it before—just never taken full control of the family garden.
5:13 pm • 13 December 2012