As part of my kids’ garden project, I’ve been collecting toilet paper rolls for a while now. I wanted them to be responsible for the whole growing process, from seed to harvest, and since some crops do better if started indoors, I wanted them to be able to participate in this part of growing as well.
Inexpensive, effective, and they break down easily when planted directly in the garden. I used a store bought wooden mold for these - but even a soda can could stand in for the mold in a pinch!
If you're looking for a great project, this is one of my favorites. I recycled some of my junk mail to make my own paper tags, adding wildflower seeds so they can even be planted right in the ground to start your own flower garden!
Right now retail stores and nurseries are loaded with racks of pretty little packages of seeds...it's hard to resist filling your basket full of them! If they don't have you rows of primula's definitely will ( that's another post coming this weekend....stay tuned....)
If you plan to start seeds indoors you've most likely seen the toilet paper tubes or egg carton planters or even just the egg shells themselves being shared as nifty planting vessels. Let me warn you, after so many watering's, these paper based liners break down pretty quick and become quite unstable for transplanting...even rotting faster than your seedling can grow!
And as far as the egg shells go, you're going to have to crack them eventually so the plant can put on size, risking damage to the young roots. As darling as this method appears the truth is egg shells take years to break down in the soil....which is why they get crushed with my boot when I throw them into the compost. I have tried it all, so I know from experience. ...
When starting seeds indoors, one way to get your seeds to sprout faster is to offer a little extra warmth while still keeping the soil mixture moist. You can buy germination heating mats to place under the containers or make your own like I did here.
The idea actually came to me when I was putting away some decorative LED rope lights during the holidays and I noticed they were slightly warm. Perfect temperature for gently warming my seedling containers!
-Simply string the rope lights back and forth in rows along the shelves and sit the water-tight seedling containers on top of them. No need to tie the lights down-the weight of the containers holds them in place. ...
Saving seeds from your garden is not only economical but it allows you to improve upon your own plants and also grow many long lost cultivars. It's easy to do and very self rewarding.
Read http://sensiblegardening.com/the-art-of-seed-saving/ to learn why you should save seeds and also how to save seeds.
Plantable seed paper is paper ready-impregnated with seeds. Although expensive in the shops it is super easy and cheap to make at home using simple household items. Using seed paper avoids all the hassle of planting tiny seeds as well as having to thin out seedlings. To make your own seed papers, you can either buy packets of seeds or harvest your own. We used a combination of both using chive seeds from our garden. You can read more about collecting seeds in our 6 reasons to harvest your own seeds post.
Last year we had great luck starting tomato and pepper seeds inside eggs. This year we've added reusable crates, eggplants and a twist: color. A little organic food coloring and the simple act of planting seeds goes a long way to chase away the winter doldrums. Here's how we did it in four easy steps.
The seed catalogs have started rolling in, and it's got me in the mood to plant. It's way too early to start, so I settled on taking old paper and turning it into new paper embedded with seeds...ready to plant when the weather warms!
As I write to you today sipping on my tea, the rain is coming down in buckets outside. It is cold with an unpleasant mix of mud and snow on the ground. Worst of all, the flowers have drooped and wilted from the past few days of freezing temperatures. It is definitely not the day to head outside and plant. That isn't going to stop me from gardening though!
If you live in a cold climate and are eager to get your garden started (who isn't?), this trick is for you. It's a simple, free solution to protect your seedlings and tender, young plants during those cold spring nights when they can freeze and die. Best of all, it requires mini greenhouses that you probably already own (even if you didn't know it)! If you would like more detailed instructions on preparing seedlings for planting outdoors, visit the link below.
Its that time of the year where I go around and start collecting dead flower heads in my butterfly garden. Be sure to check out my post on how to collect flower seeds. I had so many beautiful types of zinnias this year and I wanted to be sure to preserve them for next year. I also needed a better way to store my seeds, so I came up with DIY seed containers.
Here is a collection of posts from the Garden Therapy Seed Starting Series. Seed Starting 101 covers the basics of starting seeds. We then look at those crafty seed starting containers and put them to the test - do toilet rolls and egg cartons really make sensible seed starters? If you want to buy your pots, we look at those too - is it worth the money for those biodegradable pots and are they really better for the earth? Take care of your seed until they are ready for the garden with a Grow Light project and there is also a project for starting seeds outdoors in mini greenhouses!
Ready for an easy upcycle? Soak some toilet paper in water to create your own beautiful seed paper, perfect for gifting to gardeners or keeping for your next growing season!
We have definitely sprung into Spring mode over here in zest land- from giving our garden boxes a face lift, to creating fun garden tags- but now it's time to talk plants! We are super excited to add some more variety to our little garden by planting some carrots and lettuce. Rather than planting our little seedlings in the big playbox and allowing the rain to plummet the new growth we are starting the seedlings inside. To keep things easy, cheap and sustainable we are planting in old egg cartons- score! No need to go out and buy new containers. Once the seedlings have a good root system established I can simply cut up the cardboard crate sections and plant the entire container since they are decomposable. Gotta love that!
Photo Credit Anya McInroy
Welcome to the second segment in our series of Vegetable gardening for beginners. As we continue our series in discovering how to become a successful gardener, we are going to learn the importance of how, when and why to "Harden Off" our seedlings before planting them in our garden plots. So before we grab that shovel and put those tender seedling directly outdoors, let me show you how to transplant for Success.
Wheat grass is super easy to grow, grows fast, and does amazing in indoor pots. I love adding it to my spring decor, the pop of green in March is so reviving after the bleakness of winter. You can have a good stand of wheat grass in 10 days.
Welcome to my 12 month series in Gardening!I am excited to be sharing the joy of gardening with you and some practical, essential and easy steps for you as a beginner gardener to grow your own vegetable garden from seeds. I will be sharing a step by step guide and resources on how to choose seeds, pots and even make your own potting soil for seedlings.
I've been wanting to plant some seeds for a while now, and I thought of using paper towels. My only problem was that we don’t actually use too many paper towels in our house; I like re-washing our towels to be eco-friendly. So I had to get some from our friendly neighbors. Turning paper towel rolls into starter pots is a really great project. It’s practically free, it upcycles your paper towels, and it helps your garden flourish.