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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:28 am    Post subject: Old toiletroll tubes Reply with quote

Does anyone else use old toiletroll tubes to grow seeds in?

Cheap and biodegradable!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perfect for early sowings of sweet pea, but you need to plan ahead and start collecting them in September....
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, and I wrote a piece about it here...... Toilet roll insert seed sowing pots.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have been collecting these for a few weeks now, Have my extended family keeping them for me too.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes great idea for sweet pea and I have succesfully transplanted parsnips but keep that a secret to yourself.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried these, but the outside of the tube just absorbed too much moisture, and they went mouldy. I gave up, as I was given roottrainers for my birthday. As I also use mycorrizae, which need root contact, they work better for me. I'm willing to try again, if anyone has tips on how to stop them going mouldy.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know it is not Garden related, but here is another great use for old toilet roll cores:

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I came across this thread while browsing with my early cuppa and would offer this for those living in farming country.

The silage season is almost upon us and those farmers who bale the stuff, rather than put it in a pit, will employ large machines that go up and down the fields, picking up the grass, and ejecting the (usually) black bales on to the field for picking up and moving to wherever they're needed to be stored.

The fine plastic film that goes round the bales, comes in large 1500m rolls, the core of which used to be 1cm thick, ultra strong cardboard tubes, but now seems to be a similarly sized hard plastic. As they finish a roll, the core plus the cardboard box of the new one they put in is routinely left wherever it's run out. Being the scavenger I am, I pick both up when walking the dog. I use the boxes for filling with waste paper, ready for burning, but haven't yet found a use for the cores, other than cut into short lengths and used as 'feet' for supporting a board and keeping it off the floor. The material is hugely strong.

I personally never use pots for anything but, for those who have a use for toilet roll innards, you may find the silage roll equivalents useful? You'll be doing the environment a bit of good, too, by clearing them off the fields!

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