Thrifty Thursday: Gardening with what you have

Several years ago I saw a post about using toilet paper tubes as little planters for seedlings.  They are made of paper so they would break down in the soil, and they are otherwise garbage – so I started collecting them in January for the spring planting season.  Seeing as I have already run out of them I might have to start collecting them all year!

Sparkle & Doom DesignsI’ll explain how to make them into these little planters!

First you cut the tube in half to make 2 shorter tubes.

Sparkle & Doom DesignsYou fold them in half on one end, then in half the opposite way to make 4 creases all on one end {which will be the bottom of the pot}.

Sparkle & Doom DesignsIt starts to get a little tricky now.  You push in the sides to make a star.  Your creases will be the outer points of the star.  Now you will fold the points in at a slight angle.  If you think of the gammadion cross, it’s easier to fold opposite points at the same time, folding in the same direction.  Also like a pinwheel.

Sparkle & Doom DesignsYou can push in with your thumb to really give the pot some shape, but it will pop back out and not stay flat.  You will need to put them into little trays so they stay upright after you put dirt and your seed in them.

Sparkle & Doom Designs Sparkle & Doom DesignsNow put some compost in there, a seed, and fill with either potting soil or more compost.  I opted to put some worm dirt in then top with purchased potting soil.

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 Here I cut the side off of a 4L milk jug and used it as a tray.  You can keep the other part and cover the seedling to make a little greenhouse!!

Sparkle & Doom Designs Sparkle & Doom Designs Sparkle & Doom DesignsI also used instant porridge, juice, and granola bar boxes as trays.  Use what you have that might otherwise be garbage.  I set it all up on a portable greenhouse and covered with some light plastic to keep the heat and humidity in.  I water them with a turkey baster so that I can control how much and where the water goes. Plus it disturbs the seeds less, and will be gentle on the baby plants.

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Now when I’m ready to plant them I just open up the bottom and plant the whole thing!  I’m kinda behind on my gardening as the round has not been tilled at all. No tires on the rototiller will do that.  So hopefully those can be fixed by this weekend and we will be planting and organizing like crazy.

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