Tuesday, March 3, 2009


It's that time of the year in most parts of the Country to get seedlings started for the spring garden.

I'd like to show you a way to reuse and recycle toilet paper tubes to make a seedling container.

1. Cut the toilet paper tube in half.

2. Make four snips about a 1/3 of the way up the tube across from each other

3. Fold in towards each other to create a little container.

4. Place your soil and seed in the container.

When it is ready to go into the garden you can plant the container and all.

Here is a picture of how the bottom of the container would look.

Some seedling I started for the fall last year:

You can also write the date you planted the seed and the type of seed it was on the side of the container. I use a spray bottle to keep them moist.

Give it a try and let us know how it works for you.


  1. That's a neat idea. We're at 7000 ft. so not much success in the gardening dept. for me. I was thinking of trying a 'salsa' container garden this season, but I'm still reading up on it to see if it'll work at our altitude. Any suggestions?

  2. Love this thrifty and recycle idea, Joy!!! I know we are quite often asked to save up the toilet paper roll for use of various crafts in the Pre-school Sunday School.

  3. Hey Brenda, I grew up in Florida and now live in coastal Texas so I'm not much help with high altitude gardening. 7000 ft. That's pretty high up there. (can you breathe haha)


  4. Thats a great idea. The kids love to plant things and it's still to old to put anything outside but this would be a great way for us to start some seeds and teach some science and recycle lessons.

  5. That is so neat!!

    I have been "thinking" about trying to plant some containers of tomatoes on our balcony. I wonder how tomato seeds work work out? I definitely want to try now.

    My first husband always planted a huge garden. He would have LOVED this tip!!!

  6. this is something we will be coping this week:)