In 2007, an article in The Telegraph suggested that us Brits were leading the way in toilet paper use. The figures indicated that British toilet paper consumption of 110 rolls per capita was 25 times that of the Ukraine, Europe’s lowest.
I recently became aware of the number of toilet rolls we as a household get through a month. It’s a fair amount.
Using toilet roll is clearly a necessity but instead of throwing the inner cardboard tubes of the toilet roll away, I decided to recycle them and save a bit of money on the gardening front too.
Toilet roll tube pots
Spring is just around the corner. Many of us are desperate to start sowing the seeds of the crops we are planning to grow and enjoy on the allotment and in our kitchen gardens throughout the year.
Making your own seed pots from old toilet roll tubes is very easy and costs nothing but the money spent on the toilet paper you use. Last year I used these to sow and germinate some sweet peas.
Collect all the cardboard toilet and kitchen roll tubes that you use.
I keep mine in carrier bag and safely store them out of the way in the plastic greenhouse in the garden. I grab a few as and when I need them for sowing seeds.
Take a toilet roll tube (kitchen roll tubes can be cut into two) and squash it flat creating creased edges.
Turn the flattened tube 90 degrees (onto one of the creased edges) and squash it down again creasing two more edges. When you open the tube up again, you will have created a squared tube.
At one end of the tube, take a scissors and cut an inch into each creased edge. This will leave you with four flaps at the end of the tube.
Moving in a clockwise direction, fold each of the flaps down in turn. Try and keep the crease of each flap as straight as possible as this end will form the base of the pot and straight creases help it stand up straight.
That’s it! Stand back and admire your free, homemade toilet roll seed pot.
Fill the seed pots with some good seed compost and sow your seeds. The pots hold up really well. They can take watering without falling apart and when the plant is ready they can be removed easily and composted or even planted – pot and all – as the cardboard tube will rot away in the ground.