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Creative Reuse: Toilet Paper Rolls = Seed Starts

March 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Re-Nest today has a great little piece on seed starting with toilet paper rolls.  Any and all cardboard is a garden’s best friend, as it’s great fuel for worms and therefor creates great nutrients for the soil.  By starting your seedlings in a toilet paper roll you’re not only using something that otherwise gets thrown away, but also creating a food source for plants best friend: worms.

Re-Nest via You Grow Girl: Seed Starting: Toilet Paper Tubes For Your Garden.

Keep in mind, though, that as the first commenter wonders the cardboard can stifle root growth so I’d suggest cutting it or just opening it before planting to make sure there’s continuous growth – one of the most important factors to take into account when transplanting seedlings.

Image: You Grow Girl

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Creative Reuse: Old Windows = Cold Frame/Greenhouse

February 24, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve been salivating over making my own cold-frame for a while now, and I think I just drooled a bit after reading Re-Nest’s post on using old windows for cold frames.  The idea isn’t anything new to me, but they do a great job of putting together a lot of great resources on building your own cold frame, including this great article from the great Mother Earth News magazine.

Unfortunately, despite my landlord’s willingness to let me fool around with her gardens, I think building a cold frame is out of the question, not to mention the fact that she doesn’t really have any south facing beds.  Alas, I’ll just have to live vicariously through these articles for a while longer.

Re-Nest: Seed Starting: Old Windows as Cold Frames.

Image: Ashley English, Design*Sponge