Starting Seedlings with Toilet Paper Rolls!

This year I am using toilet paper rolls to start my seedlings.  Last year was my first year of attempting a garden.  I did start my plants with seeds, except I purchased the biodegradable containers from the garden store.   This year I am being even more thrifty and using toilet paper rolls to start my seeds.

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Cut about 6 to 7 slits to the bottom of each roll.

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Begin to fold each tab onto one another.

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Place a small piece of tape onto the last fold.  You can remove the tape before planting the tube into your garden.

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That is it, simple and easy!  Fill each roll about half way with garden soil and place your plant seed and then fill to the top with soil.  Once I had each starter finished I placed in a cardboard box that was wrapped with plastic.  Make sure to keep seedlings moist and place in direct sunlight.

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Now you wait!  I won’t be placing my seedlings in the garden until after memorial day.  Being in Ohio, we always have a chance of frost and are always advised to wait until Memorial day to do the planting.

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I have planted cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, squash and zucchini.  I will be building a raised garden bed this year and I will be sharing that with you also.  I hope my hand at gardening this year will be better than my results last year.  Do you have a garden, and if you do what do you plant?  I always am open for advice and gardening tips!



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10 Responses to Starting Seedlings with Toilet Paper Rolls!

  1. HI. I’m a bit of a dweeb with directions. Am I missing the part about transferring the toilet paper roll filled seedlings into the garden. Do you have that step somewhere, or did I miss it? Do you place the entire roll in to the garden with the seedlings in it?

    I have always had a problem with handling the seedlings at this stage.

    Thank you.

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  3. What a wonderful idea! Our springs are really up and down and just when you think it will not freeze again, it does :))) Thanks for the great idea.

  4. I’m so excited to see how this turns out! I live in Vegas and we have fake grass and a rock border with some draught tolerant shrubs. I can’t wait until next summer when I will have a real yard and can try my hand at “real” gardening. My sister had built 2 raised beds at her house in Missouri and loves it!i think I’ll plant a salad ad salsa garden. I have an article torn from BHG or Southern Living files away somewhere that details making the raised beds and what plants to put where! Only 12 more months!

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