How to Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls in Your Garden

How to Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls in Your Garden

How to Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls in Your Garden

I’m excited to share some creative ways to reuse toilet paper rolls in the garden. As an avid gardener, I’m always looking for opportunities to repurpose and recycle household items. Reusing materials is not only environmentally friendly, but it can also save money on gardening supplies. Keep reading to discover my top tips for giving toilet paper rolls a second life in the garden.

Seed Starters

Toilet paper rolls are the perfect size for starting seeds indoors. Their small size lets you germinate multiple seedlings in a relatively small space.

Here’s how to make toilet paper roll seed starters:

  • Gather empty toilet paper tubes and use scissors to cut them into 2-3 inch segments.

  • Place a small piece of newspaper, coffee filter, or cheesecloth in the bottom of each tube segment to cover the opening. This will prevent soil from falling out.

  • Fill tubes with seed starting mix leaving about 1/2 inch at the top.

  • Sow seeds according to package directions and lightly cover with more soil.

  • Place tubes in a shallow tray or container and water gently to moisten soil.

  • Once sprouted, transfer tubes to a sunny windowsill and water regularly until it’s time to transplant seedlings into the garden after the last frost date.

Reusing toilet paper rolls as seed starters lets me get a head start on the growing season without having to purchase plastic seed trays or pots.

DIY Seed Tape

Seed tape makes planting small seeds like carrots and radishes super easy. Just lay the tape in the garden and water – no thinning required!

Follow these simple steps to make seed tape with toilet paper rolls:

  • Cut rolls lengthwise into 1-2 inch wide strips.

  • Make a flour paste by mixing 1 part flour with about 2 parts water.

  • Brush a thin layer of flour paste down one side of the toilet paper strip.

  • Carefully place seeds spaced 1-2 inches apart on the flour paste. Make sure seeds have contact with the paste to adhere.

  • Once the paste dries, the seeds will stick to the tape.

  • Add another strip of flour paste over the seeds to seal them in place.

  • When ready to plant, simply bury the seed tape strips in the ground. The paper will disintegrate underground.

Making my own seed tapes is cheap, fun, and cuts down on plastic waste from store-bought versions.

Biodegradable Plant Markers

Identifying seedlings as they sprout can be tricky. Turn toilet paper rolls into plant markers that will biodegrade right in the garden.

Follow these steps:

  • Cut tubes into 2-3 inch segments.

  • Write the plant name, variety, sowing date, etc. with a permanent marker.

  • Insert the tube next to the plant or seed row in the garden.

  • The paper marker will disintegrate over time, leaving no trash behind.

These homemade markers eliminate the need for purchasing plastic plant tags. It’s a zero waste solution!

DIY Seedling Pots

Toilet paper rolls also make excellent biodegradable pots for transplanting seedlings into the garden. The cardboard construction breaks down quickly underground.

Follow these simple steps:

  • Cut tubes to desired height depending on plant root depth. Taller tubes work well for tomatoes and peppers.

  • Place tube in a saucer and fill with potting mix.

  • Transplant seedlings into the toilet paper pots and water well.

  • When ready to move to the garden, simply plant the entire tube into the ground. The paper will naturally decompose.

Making my own seedling pots is easy on the wallet and reduce plastic waste compared to buying traditional plant pots and trays.

Creative Garden Decorations

With a little creativity, toilet paper rolls can make charming decorative accents for the garden. Here are some fun ideas:

  • Paint tubes with fun designs and patterns and use them to edge flower beds or pathways. The paper will eventually disintegrate to reveal the soil underneath.

  • Make bird feeders by smearing peanut butter on the rolls, rolling them in birdseed, and hanging with string. Recycle used toilet paper rolls year after year!

  • Craft decorative garden stakes by gluing tubes together and painting them brightly. Use them to mark rows, label plants, or just for fun garden art.

Let your imagination run wild to give toilet paper tubes new life as weatherproof garden decorations. The options are endless!

Final Thoughts

As you can see, toilet paper rolls have so many useful applications in the garden. I hope these creative repurposing ideas inspired you to look at those empty tubes in a new light. Reusing household items leads to zero waste, saves money on supplies, and reduces reliance on plastic gardening products. With a little ingenuity, you can give used materials a second life in the garden. Get creative with toilet paper rolls to make your backyard bloom!