Saturday, June 13, 2009

Herbs For The Garden

Who doesn't have toilet paper rolls? Who saves toilet paper rolls? Everyone has them I know but most are tossed out or recycled.

I may be one of few who saved them throughout the winter but I did so we could experiment with starting seeds in them. I saw it here and made mine into squares.

I intended to make all of them into square seed starters by folding them in half, and in half again, scoring the sides to fold inward to form a bottom. It was easy but time consuming so I ended up using some of them in their original round shape.

All my tomato, cucumber, squash seeds did well in these and have been transplanted in the garden now. Only the Herbs are waiting to transplanted: Chamomile, English Lavender, Lemon Balm, Spearmint, Calendula, Scarlett Flax, Chia, Shiso, Parsley, Thyme, Sweet Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Cilantro, Tarragon, and Sage. The clear containers are shoebox storage containers I found at Dollar Tree for $1.00 each. This was great for saving a bit of money in the garden budget and recycling.

Edit/Addition August 2011: Be sure to see this creative use of toilet paper rolls and tutorial for using them for art! -- from Monica Zuniga's blog: Hands and Heart.


  1. Brilliant! We got a seed catalog in this week and have been drooling over everything we want to plant! This is going to be a big help!The tubes in tubs will be super easy to carry out in the mornings and back in for the still cooler nights of spring!

  2. I plan to do this again for next year's garden. The only thing I would change is to put fewer tubes in the plastic tubs so there is more space between them allowing plenty of air circulation. Since there wasn't enough space and air, mold began to grow on the tubes which wasn't good.

  3. OMG! How cool is this! I loved it, so many clever ideas around, I am glad you left a link to yours! I love those little green leaves on them, they look fabulous!

  4. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words. :-) I updated my post and added a link back to your post with the tutorial for using them for your art



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