It's that time of the year again where we recycle t-paper cores and make seed holders. These rock! They biodegrade very quickly....and cheap!
|1. Collect toilet paper cores. Lots of them We cut the bottoms 1/3 up the sides in 4 places then fold them in to make a bottom. We take a tot stapler and place 2 staples in the top fold to secure them. When we get 6 of them we staple those 6 together to make a "6 pack".|
|2. We place these into a large, clear storage container. The top does not have to be clear, just the sides.|
|3. Then we make the labels using old mini-blinds. You can cut them any length you want and write on them with a sharpie. |
|Close up of mini blind label|
|4. Time to add good quality potting soil. Fill up the seed holders. If you get some between those it doesn't matter!|
|5. I pre-label each of the seed holders before I plant the seeds. I do this because if I have to stop my project I won't forget what I planted and where I planted it. It also helps me plan my garden.|
One tip tho, if the seedlings are becoming leggy (tall and pointing to a sun source) simply take them outside during the day in the sun. I keep old window glass on-hand to cover the tops while they are outside.
|This is what my plants looked like after 8 weeks. I almost let them mature too long. Look at the plant on the right. It's growing a root system along the stem. This is OK. Just plant the tomato sideways and almost up to the first mature leaves. The smaller leaves part of the way up (there are 2) are NOT mature leaves. This insures you have a super strong root system. Tomatoes are very unforgiving. We also plant with a slow release Miracle Grow in the soil and water a lot the first week or so.|