Spring is in the air and I’ve been ready to plant my garden for at least a month. Fortunately, I remember all the times I’ve been burned (or really frozen) planting too early. Here in Utah there is often a crazy snow storm that shows up just after I have planted my garden, but not THIS year! I decided to harness all of that Spring fever into planting seeds INDOORS and taking them outside when the coast is clear. I started saving toilet paper rolls after I saw a bunch of beautiful art projects people had pinned on Pinterest. Well I tried making one…FAIL. Instead I thought up this little project that doesn’t need to be pretty, just practical (NOTE: After a search for toilet paper rolls as seed starters, I found I wasn’t the only one with this idea but I figured I’d share my version,so here goes).
- Empty Toilet Paper rolls or Paper Towel rolls
- Permanent Marker
- A box or container
Fill up the rolls with soil. I took mine straight from my “Square Foot Garden” box full of Mell’s Mix (if you aren’t doing a square foot garden, I highly recommend it, it makes gardening really easy). Then press two seeds into each tube following the depth instructions from your seed’s label. Place your container in your sink and water. Keep them moist and in a warm location. I kept mine in my kitchen window sill.
Watch them sprout! It is still so magical to watch seeds sprout
and grow into tiny plants.
Here are the peas breaking through the dirt.
This is my “time lapse” over two weeks. Amazing.
These little guys are now ready to be planted in my garden.
All I have to do now is take my little container out in the back yard, dig a hole the size of the toilet paper roll holder and plant. I may open up the bottom of each pot before planting but it is just a matter of time and water before these disintegrate and the roots burst right through.
So save up those empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls and
get your planting on!