Country Lore: Eco-friendly Homemade Seed Starter

Use toilet paper rolls to make homemade seed starters that disintegrate after you plant them.
By Margaret Comstock
February/March 2008
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You can make biodegradable seed-start pots from toilet paper rolls.
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I use toilet paper rolls to make biodegradable homemade seed starter pots.

  • Cut each roll in half and press it flat.
  • Make four, half-inch to three-quarter-inch slices on one end of the roll to create four equal-sized flaps.
  • Open up the roll and fold in the four little flaps like a box bottom. This is your seed pot.

Fill the “pot” with potting soil, plant your seeds and water gently. Put the seed pots under grow lights until they are ready to go outdoors. When you are ready to plant, you can either pull the cardboard away from the soil and put the plant in the ground, or simply unfold the bottom and plant the whole pot — the cardboard will slowly disintegrate.

Margaret Comstock
Apple Valley, California



















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