Seed starter DIY www.nestinthewest.comI’ve read that planting seeds is a sign of optimism. It’s pretty cool watching a little thing grow into a living, flowering or fruit-producing plant so I’m in. My garden space and amount of sunshine it gets is minimal so I’m sticking to few herbs and sweet peas. It’s still a bit chilly here so I whipped up some seed pots and started these inside. I’m not at all a fan of recycling crafts (I actually refused to do them when I taught kids craft camps), but I’m making an exception here. Yes, these are made from toilet roll tubes – totally biodegradable and plantable right into your garden. Start saving yours now or ask your neighbours to help you out, then make yourself a bunch.
Seed starter DIY www.nestinthewest.comYou need one empty toilet roll per seed starter. Here’s how:
Cut 4 slits about an inch and a half up one side.
Fold one side in to the centre and give it a little pinch to make a crease. This will help the fold to hold. Fold in the opposite side, then the two remaining sides. Voila! A tiny pot, perfect for one or two seeds.
If you find these a bit tall, simply cut an inch off the bottom of the entire tube then start the instructions from the beginning. Although they seem tippy, they flatten out once the weight of some soil goes inside. Add your soil, seeds and give them a misting!
Seed starter DIY www.nestinthewest.comSeed starter DIY www.nestinthewest.comI’ve got mine sitting in a plastic tray that my ground turkey came in, washed out of course.¬†You could also use an empty milk carton or line a little box with plastic wrap…maybe a tissue box. Someone stop me…the recycling bug has bitten.
Seed starter DIY www.nestinthewest.comOnce your seeds have sprouted and your wee plants are ready to go into the ground, plant the whole tube to keep the young roots intact. It’ll break down over time. Easy, peasy! Feel free to show your optimism with a little planting of your own!

Enjoy the long weekend and Happy Easter friends.

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