* start tubes

Posted on April 14th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Home and Garden.

Grow Great Grub has an idea for simple seed starts in cardboard tubes.  I collected toilet paper and paper towel tubes (cut in half) since I saw the idea, and here they are all filled up.  You tie a little group together for some stability, and then just fill it with dirt.  No closing of the bottoms is required.  The dirt stays in fine.  I am very pleased with myself for thinking of (or rather, remembering that Martha Stewart thought of) using a cut off juice bottle top for a dirt funnel.  The wide-mouth juice bottles fit exactly perfectly into the tubes.


The idea is that you can just transplant the whole tube and it breaks down pretty readily.

I’m a little late with the starts, but I’ve got eggplant, poblano peppers, pattypan squash, lemon cucumbers, normal cucumbers, yellow pear tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, zucchini, and pumpkin.

4 Responses to “start tubes”

  1. meg Says:

    hey we’re saving our tooobs too!

  2. lisa s Says:

    it’s also great b/c you can write what’s in them on the side ! :D

  3. katie Says:

    Great idea! I did something similar but made tubes out of newspaper because I am too impatient to wait until I have enough paper product tubes.


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