|as seen in this blog under Seed Start|
You may also want to cut toilet paper rolls in half or thirds and set them on a cookie sheet that has seen its last day in the kitchen. Another note: by the use of the term toilet paper roll, I also mean paper towel tube and gift wrap tube.
I also went to www.ehow.com and cruised their garden section for some new ideas and found the instructions for this newsprint pot. I plan on making come tomorrow. I don't always have the toilet paper rolls in the number I need and making my own starter pots is appealing. I also understand that these can go directly into the ground when transplanting, but like the toilet paper rolls, I will open the bottom when planting.
What I know does not work well are the disposable drinking cups often used in kindergarten or grade school science experiments. Some brands have a wax coating that will not degrade at the speed needed and can cause the plant's roots to form tight and then be unable to break free of the cup thus, strangling the plants. Paper cups need to have there bottoms cut out or be torn off at transplant time if the soil isn't wet enough to slip the plant out. You also run the risk of roots attaching to the paper and ripping as you slip them out. At this point you are traumatizing the young plant and frustrating yourself.
And don't even get the die hard hippie in me started about the number of bean plants brought home in a Styrofoam cup! The sooner the world ends and takes out the makers of Styrofoam the better! I said, don't get me started. Plants pretty, Styrofoam bad. bad for plants and other living things!
This method of seed starting is only one step more difficult than any other. Cut the plastic bottle about one quarter of the way up from the bottom. Plant the bottom and place the top of bottle down over the planter till all chance of frost or damaging cold passes.