So how on earth can toilet paper rolls help you in the garden? Now, we know that it may sound a bit weird to some of you, but you can use them for your garden.
Well, they are an inexpensive, environmentally friendly tool in which to start seeds indoors and I think that this would be a good project to do with the kids.
Cut each toilet paper roll in half (you can use paper towel rolls and cut them into thirds for this too.)
Use a planting mix that had slow-release fertilizer already included and also had water-holding granules.
We advise wetting the soil before adding it to your toilet paper rolls.
Now that you have everything, you are ready to start.
The kids can use tablespoons to ‘spoon’ the planting mix into each tube.
Then you can lightly press down the planting mix and add more.
Now it is time to plant.
Then, use a spray bottle filled with water to thoroughly water each planted seed.
Now you will have to create a ‘mini-greenhouse’ effect by covering your toilet paper rolls with clear plastic wrap with some holes in the top. Then you can place them on top of the refrigerator, where it was warm enough to help them germinate.
Every day, check the moisture of each toilet paper roll and add more water if necessary.
Once the seedlings will germinate, you can remove the plastic wrap permanently and place your seedlings by the bright, sunny window.
Keep the soil moist, but not soggy.
Soon, you will be able to plant your seedlings (with their toilet paper rolls) in the vegetable garden. The cardboard from the toilet paper rolls will disintegrate into the soil.
Of course, you can always use the ready-made plastic seeding trays, but we must admit that we like this method better 🙂