Hubby Dear and I are using mostly recycled materials as pots to start our seeds in. This is quite perplexing to my mother-in-law. She really doesn't get our homesteading activities - she grew up on a farm and is very happy to live in boring suburbia today - but when she heard about what we were going to do, she actually tried to drag Hubby Dear to a home improvement store so that she could buy us some "real" (plastic) pots! No thank you, mom.
I saw a picture of toilet paper roll pots on Facebook somewhere. I wish I remember where so I could cite the source, but it seems to be a pretty common idea. This exercise in frugality is also a great way to recycle toilet paper rolls, which are something that we have in abundance. Here's how to do it.
|Hubby Dear makes a great hand model, doesn't he? ;)|
Take a toilet paper roll.
Flatten it out in one direction.
And then flatten it in the opposite direction.
This will give your toilet paper roll four corners.
While the toilet paper roll is flat, cut it in half. You can make two tiny pots of the size suitable for seed starting from one toilet paper roll. We also used paper towel rolls and were able to get 5 pots from one of those rolls.
Now make small (1/2") cuts on the corners that you created by flattening the tube in two directions. There are four corners, so make four cuts.
Here the tube has been cut and is now ready to be folded.
Start folding the flaps in to create the bottom of the tube.
If you tuck the flaps under just so, they will stay in place perfectly. It is just like how you can secure the top flaps of a cardboard box under each other.
|The finished product|
That's it! The finished pot is about the same size as the pots made from Jiffy Peat Pellets. Once you get the hang of it, they come together very quickly.
|We have about 64 of these little guys already made.|
Eventually, the seedlings started in pots like these will grow too big for the container and will have to be transplanted. That's why we've saved our milk jugs, 2 liter bottles, etc. for the last month. No need to buy pots here!
We will plant our first seeds in less than a week, so I'll be able show these pots in action soon.