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  • TP planters

    Posted on March 17th, 2010 Pam No comments

    Help the environment, reuse those paper rolls.

    Okay, so I know some of you may think this strange, but I thought I would try to plant my tomatos and peppers in toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls.
    This way, I don’t have to buy the plant waffers, which don’t work so well and you have to pull the mesh off of them before you transplant. If you have ever tried to pull the mesh off a small plant you know it isn’t so good for it. I usally break the delicate roots and it really is a mess.

    So I thought of using paper rolls, this way when you transplant them it doesn’t disturbe the plant at all. You can leave them on the plant, because they will break down in the soil. As you can tell from the pictures below, I put one inside the other, to make them more stable. I also made a paper box out of a thick paper sack to stack 9 TP rolls in. I plant 8-9 plants in each ‘box’. The rolls are about 2″ tall. This may completely cure cut worms too, cause each plant has its own collar.

    My niece Missy and I planted 81 peppers and 81 tomatoes in them last week. I will let you know how they do.

    Here they are in the bathtub — yes the bathtub. I tried this last year and it works well for me. You see, some seeds take weeks to germinate and if I put them in the tub on some risers, and then fill the tub with about 3 inches of hot water, they germinate much faster. When these get about 2″ tall, I will move them to a south facing window, them later I will move them to a small cold frame-green house.

    You can tell from this picture I have marked the names of the plants with a plastic fork. I find the plastic fork stays better in the containers and when I transplant them in the garden, they stay ‘put’ in the soil.

    Okay, one last tip. I got this idea from Sunnyside Garden, Idaho Falls. When starting some of your delicate plants. Put potting soil in the container, put the seed on top then cover with vermiculite. Vermiculite is a fine grain which doesn’t allow the ground to dry out. (vermiculite is non-organic). Or you can cover it with coconut fiber which does the same as verviculite, but is totally organic.

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