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Toilet Paper Roll Pots

10 Apr 2009
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I’ve been saving our toilet paper rolls to reuse as decompostable pots. I created two sizes: a full roll and a half roll. I just cut some slits on the bottom and folded the flaps over to form the bottoms. Surprisingly, eight will fix nicely into a reused tofu container. I can even place twelve nicely into a mini-greenhouse.


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Bottoms. You made bottoms. And squared them off. You win the web this week. :D

Posted on 10 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)

Thanks nax… When I save the rolls, I flatten them to store them compactly… so there’s a crease and I figured that I might as well make them squared so they fix next to each other better.

Posted on 10 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)

Oh, man, I am so going to do this from now on. The squared off bottom with four flaps beats anything else I’ve seen for toilet paper pots. And now there’s something new for me to start hoarding: tofu containers. They’ll look so nifty next to the yogurt cups. lol

Posted on 10 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)
cristyn

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United States5b

I must be getting the wrong kind of tofu… I think I could only do 6, but they’ve all got peppers in them now anyway. I like the squared off thing. I must flatten my toilet paper rolls to store them this year.

Posted on 10 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)
TropicanaRoses

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United States7

What a great idea! There are so many different things that one can do to plant things in that I have never thought of before! Kudos on the little bit of effort you put into this! And saved yourself a bit of money in the process.

Posted on 10 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)
SneIrish

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United States6b

I am so impressed! And my DH thought I recycled just about everything possible – well, dearie, time for another chuckle! I am definitely onto this!

Posted on 10 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)
urbandogsgarden

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This solves all my issues with the rolls. Hard to store when round and no bottom. Very clever.

Posted on 11 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)
verthandei

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United States9a

Aw man, I just bought bathroom cups for starting seeds because I couldn’t find any coir pots at the local places. I have tons of toiletpaper rolls saved up – wish I had seen this before! I love how they are square.

Posted on 12 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)

I feel like such a schmuck for not thinking to square them off. I’ve been wrestling with trying to fold in the rounded corners for months! You do win the web!

Posted on 13 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)
ceae

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Canada6a

Very clever :)

Posted on 13 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)

I was just putting it up with it all falling out the bottom…. and trying to squash them all in together rather unattractively. I’ll definitely be using this idea from now on, far more efficient and less frustrating

Posted on 13 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)

Genius!!!

Posted on 13 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)

What a cool idea. I have been saving mine and cutting them in half. I was going to put mine around the seeds when I plant them in the garden to help remember where the seeds are versus the weeds. Plus it will help cut down on bugs under the ground who might cut my plants.

Posted on 14 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)

excellent idea! I will definitely be doing this!

Posted on 14 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)

I’ve seen this suggested but wasn’t sure how it would look to actually do. Thanks!

Posted on 14 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)

cheers for this!

Posted on 14 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)

First year I’m trying this – without thinking about the bottoms lol. Hope not all will fall out when I move them…I had trouble with mould in them so first time ever watered with Cheshunt compound.

Posted on 15 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)

I’ve been doing this with great success. I did a lot of my starts with them and when they needed potting up I just put the roll into a larger container and added soil around it. I kept mine round though. I did create bottoms by cutting and folding and it worked well, the squares look even easier! I’m for sure going square with my next batch. I also had heard the tip about using tp roll rings to mark direct seed locations. My first attempt with that worked ok, but on the next ones I used the whole roll just as if I were doing seed starts. I used potting soil to fill them or in some cases seed starting medium but then “planted” the whole roll. It works GREAT. But I’m definitely going square.

Posted on 15 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)

genius! what a fab tip. so simple yet for some reason it didn’t cross my mind! i have added you tip to my blog and linked it back here so others can benefit from your wisdom ;)

Posted on 17 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)

Oh, what an inspired idea! LOVE this! (and will totally be saving all our tp tubes from now on … sorry, kids, Mommy needs those for HER crafting LOL)

Awesome idea!

Posted on 17 Apr 09 (about 8 years ago)
Tara_LB

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South Africa11

Wow….this is one of those things where you look at the beautiful simplicity of it and go…“why didn’t I think of that?” I will be copying you (hope u don’t mind) and I will post results up later! :)

Posted on 06 May 09 (about 8 years ago)

Thank you everyone for your comments.

FarmetteReport, tofu containers are great… I especially like this size.

cmagnus, I think they have your size tofu container (at the Filipino grocery store we shop at) too… but we prefer this type which, luckily is bigger.

I posted a photo of how I store them on my flickr site:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeysplanting/3482154527/


Thank you TropicanaRoses… yes, we gardeners are pretty resourceful and sometimes frugal :)

Thanks SneIrish, I’m glad I can offer ideas to you :)

Thank you urbandogsgarden, I just needed a way for the soil to not come out and this was the best option I found.

Hi verthandei… well, now you even have more pots to plant in :)

Hehe… Thanks snowpea, believe it or not, I did the same thing, and I kept getting frustrated because the wouldn’t stand up straight.

Thank you ceae :)

flutterby, I’m glad I was able to give you some useful ideas :) No more soil on the bottom of the tray…

Thanks funkisockmunki :)

twbigdogsgirl, that’s a good idea too… and since they are biodegradable, you don’t have to worry about the roll choking the plant once they are big and mature.

Thanks crimsonsketch :)

You’re welcome SaraBClever, I do like to show how I do things around the garden. We all learn from each other :)

Thank you Vanessa :)

HappyGreen, good luck with yours :)

Good deal SerenDippity, twbigdogsgirl, above, was mentioning using them to mark her seeds. It feels good to put something that we may have thrown away, put to good use.

Thank you thegreengrower… and thanks for posting this idea on your blog. I’m glad I can offer ideas to other gardeners :)

That’s funny rockingranola, you can all share :)

Tara_LB, I don’t mind at all… I’m glad you’re copying me… hehe…

Wow! I think that was the most comments I got for one post. Happy gardening everyone :) :) :)

Posted on 07 May 09 (about 8 years ago)

I’m definitely going to try this next. I had thought of using half rolls, or of folding bottoms under, but not of squaring off. They look great.

Posted on 21 Jul 09 (almost 8 years ago)
iiixvix

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United States7b

This is genius! Thanks for sharing the idea/pictures.

Posted on 21 Jul 09 (almost 8 years ago)

I love the little square folds you use to make the bottoms.

Jolly Good Show!

Posted on 28 Nov 09 (over 7 years ago)

Thank you ves, iiixvix and grapes… Hope my idea works for you :)

Posted on 19 Jan 10 (over 7 years ago)

I tried this a couple weeks ago and mine all came unglued and unraveled moments after they were watered…turning into a huge mess of soil, seeds, and paper. How is it yours are not falling apart when the soil is moistened? Am I buying the wrong kind of toilet paper??

Posted on 12 Feb 10 (over 7 years ago)

Genious…. just genious… I have been saving these rolls too, but I never thought of flattening them to make them square…. that is just so helpful!

Posted on 20 Apr 10 (about 7 years ago)

what a fab idea…im so glad i ran into this journal posting! as for the trouble that flowerweaver had with it, i will see how it rolls for me….get it…..“rolls”? nyuk nyuk……in any case, if i have trouble, i guess i can use a couple of rubber bands to hold them together while they are sprouting and growing. i usually use peat pots when i sprout…but when it comes time to pot up, i usually rip the peat pots off…i don’t like the idea that the roots would have to strain to get out. anyway, this is a MUCH cheaper alternative and i really dig it! :o)

Posted on 29 Apr 10 (about 7 years ago)

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