Our household generates plenty of toilet paper rolls. We’ve switched to cloth on just about everything else, but I’m not ready to make our house a TP-free Zone just yet (sorry, No Impact Man).
I save up toilet paper rolls (by the simple means of not emptying the powder room garbage nearly as often as I should) until I have a good dozen or so, and then convert them into biodegradable pots. If you currently pay good money for small peat pots, I encourage you to give this DIY-equivelent a try. The size of these makes them excellent for soft herbs and salad greens like parsley, basil, lettuce or chard.
Start with your rolls, emptied of paper, of course.
Cut in half.
Stand the rolls on end, cut-side-up so they rest more evenly, on a baking sheet or tray that can hold water.
One by one, fill your tubes with potting mix. Don’t worry about the open bottom. As long as your potting mix is adequately moist and you compress it a bit, everything should all hold together just fine. Think of these as a soil block with a girdle on.
Your homemade biodegradable pots are ready to plant! Follow standard seed-sowing practices.
Water from the bottom and you can watch the cardboard wick up the moisture. Keeping the cardboard relatively moist will encourage it to fall apart sooner. In the case of a short-lived bio-pot, that’s a good thing.
All ready to plant out, tube and all. Because these pots don’t have a bottom, root growth won’t be constricted as it can be with peat pots. You do have to be a bit careful to support the bottom of the pot when you move it to prevent the potting mix from breaking away and falling out. And remember to bury the pot fully so that nice wicking action doesn’t act in reverse and draw moisture away from the plant roots once it’s in the ground.
What do you do to reduce waste or repurpose garbage into something useful?