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Author: oncqueen Three stars, 500 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 31203  
Subject: Cheap starter pots Date: 1/10/2013 9:27 PM
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Hi, it's a bit early for the planting season here but I though I would share a LBYM technique I tried last year that worked well---those starter pots can get expensive!

If you save the empty toilet paper rolls, you can either use them whole or cut them in half forming a short tube ( pinch the side to start a nick with scissors, then you can cut it all around). You then can just sweep the open tube through your potting mix, with your fingers or a piece of cardboard keeping the dirt inside, and lower them onto a flat surface, sliding out the cardboard that kept the dirt in place(I group them in the bottoms of pizza boxes).

Plant in the tube o' dirt and when the plant grows, its roots will eventually hold the soil in place, and when it's time to transplant, the whole biodegradable thing goes into the ground. You could use whole tubes if you didn't want to cut them, or wanted more room for root development. Paper towel tubes do work but are stiffer and harder to cut without the tube unraveling.

It ain't high class but works well, turns trash into something useful, and the price is right, especially if you plant a lot. And if you have ever spent a few years saving the tubes for the local daycare to use in projects, it almost seems natural.

Back to my plant catalog lust. It won't be long until time to start!
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