I’ve always been pretty terrible with plants and now I fear it has become a self-fulfilling prophesy. So in an effort to break my black thumb streak, I’m attempting to start portions of my garden from seed. I’m really quite worried.

I’ve heard a number of people and websites mention that you can use cardboard tubes as starter pots. What a great idea considering that you usually have a few available (I cut up a gift wrapping tube) and that you can just plant them directly in the ground. The tubes will provide just a little bit of extra warmth for your newly transplanted seedlings and help protect against those nasty buggers.

I really hope these work and if not, I’ll be back here in a couple weeks lamenting how terrible I am with plants.


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  1. How clever, with the tubes! I ordered some peat pots for mine, but I might start holding onto these as well in case I need more. I think I’ll rig up a flourescent light in the basement and grow them there; last year they took up most of my counter space and I had to save them from the cat, who thinks they’re salad. What are you growing? I can get into my garden April 24! Oooh boy!

  2. Want to exchange seedlings when they get bigger? I’ve got tomato, cucumber, lettuce, basil, squash, zucchini and strawberries :)

  3. oh yes what a good idea!!!!!!!!!!! went to website for the full story and oh man this is soooo awesome very good!!!

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called crafty thrifty frugal, and we’d love to have this added to the group!


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