At my house we’re huge on recycling. Even if we’re not sure if it can be recycled, we do anyway. Now I’ve tried a way to recycle that goes beyond the recycle bin. This qualifies more under “reuse” and it’s a fun idea if I do say so myself. I can’t take credit for the idea, as I read about it in a self-sufficiency book from the library.
I save my toilet paper rolls and then cut them in half to create two seed growing containers from just one roll. I then fill each vessel with potting soil and place them in a container (I used a heavy-duty cardboard box), but a wooden box may work even better. Plant your seeds and keep the soil moist. The best part about this method? Besides being free, you can plant the seedling along with the toilet paper roll directly in the ground when it’s time to plant! The rolls are biodegradable! It’s probably best to plants things like carrots, lettuce, broccoli, etc. Nothing too wide or root-sensitive, like beets. If you don’t want to plant the roll with the seedling, you can always cut away the roll from the seedling and recycle the roll. Voila!
There are really a lot of used kitchen items you can use as well, like empty yogurt containers. I like the idea of having plenty of drainage using the toilet paper rolls, but you can really get creative here. Don’t buy those seed starting pots/kits anymore!