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Cardboard Core of Toilet Paper Rolls Good for Seed Sowing
« on: July 06, 2017, 11:39:42 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, writeone. This user is located in Orlando, FL; Zone 9B. This was originally posted on November 26, 2012.
A local gardener recommended using the core of paper rolls for seed sowing pots. That gave me the idea to insert them into the EB to allow for direct sow of seeds that are traditionally indoor sown. I sow 3 seeds per roll inserted in a pattern per EB instructions.

It worked great for the fall garden. Some seeds were a little slow due to temperatures outside of the optimal sow temp, but it was way less work and no growth time lost to the transplant trauma.

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Re: Cardboard Core of Toilet Paper Rolls Good for Seed Sowing
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2017, 11:40:58 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, movrshakr. This user is located in Zone 10a - Cape Canaveral. This was originally posted on November 27, 2012.

Not picturing this...

"...insert them into the EB to allow for direct sow of seeds that are traditionally indoor sown."

Do you mean--bury the rolls in the EB, fill them with mix, plant the seeds in them?

What is the difference in that vs. just putting the seeds in the EB without the TP rolls?

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Re: Cardboard Core of Toilet Paper Rolls Good for Seed Sowing
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2017, 11:42:31 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, ErnieHodge. This user is located in Lake Panasoffkee, FL Zone 9a. This was originally posted on November 28, 2012.

Carole is probably talking about using the tubes (or a short length of the tube) vertically to protect the direct sowed seeds until they get big enough to be OK on their own. This would protect the very small seedlings from the wind and elements until they are about regular transplant size.

I'm sure she will let us know if I have that correct or not.

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Re: Cardboard Core of Toilet Paper Rolls Good for Seed Sowing
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2017, 11:43:51 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, writeone. This user is located in Orlando, FL; Zone 9B. This was originally posted on November 28, 2012.
That is one way to do it, but seedlings seem to do well even without leaving the roll so high that it serves as a barrier. One local master gardener says the rolls helps keep the potting mix compacted enough around the seed sprouts. When in a larger container, the potting mix has more movement. Even with the consistant moisture in the EB, you can see signs of expansion and settling.

More detailed instructions as to what I did:
Cut TP card board roll in half leaving the ends open.
Insert one end of the roll into the potting mix where you desire the plant to grow.
Use a twisting back and forth motion to get it to cut into the PM & fill the roll.
Leaving a little lip above the PM for shallow sown seeds so as to keep them from floating away when watered in.
Add more PM if needed to keep the PM inside the roll level with PM outside the roll.
Maintain EB as usual. At that stage, a Florida EB usually needs watering about 2 - 3 weeks. I do it weekly just to be sure.

Our local wild squirrels like to dig in the PM, so I also place a cage I made of chicken wire and PVC pipes to keep them away till the PM has settled in and the the plants are large enough to fill the plant hole. But leaving the rolls high would likely do the trick too. I'll try it that way next sowing. That way I could leave the mulch cover cut as slits in an X formation and the roll would protect the seedling from the flaps.

Thanks for helping me brainstorm / fine tune this process. 

Note: I don't use the rolls with tomato seeds. I do the deep direct sow suggested elsewhere on the forum. If memory serves me, John from EB recommended it.

Note: Due to the need to earn money to pay for my earth boxes+, I'm not on the forum so much anymore.  So, if I post a tip, I may not see questions requesting clarification. However, the EB personal messages come to my email. You can cue me to check a question on the post that way. Just put the link in the personal message, so I can quickly access it from my email. I'm working long hours now, so won't likely be on the forum except to give a quick tip or trouble shoot a problem in my garden.

I miss the intellectual stimulation and gardener camaraderie of the forum, but now I'm out there telling the world about EBs. As a wellness consultant and massage therapist, I do community outreach events to educate the public about simple life style changes that improve health. The last one I did was Holiday Stress Busters. I included EB as a way of busting stress through personal grounding in nature

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Re: Cardboard Core of Toilet Paper Rolls Good for Seed Sowing
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2017, 11:45:39 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, cushman350. This user is located in Tomato Hell, Wichita Falls, TX Zone 7b. This was originally posted on November 28, 2012.

Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, writeone. This user is located in Orlando, FL; Zone 9B. This was originally posted on November 28, 2012.

I miss the intellectual stimulation and gardener camaraderie of the forum, but now I'm out there telling the world about EBs. As a wellness consultant and massage therapist, I do community outreach events to educate the public about simple life style changes that improve health. The last one I did was Holiday Stress Busters. I included EB as a way of busting stress through personal grounding in nature


The affinity most people feel about EBs is similar to a new pet or something placed in our care and they are our wards. A regiment of devoted care is a way to get lost in the activity. It's like meditation, I think. Care IN, good stuff OUT, like children or personal projects.

Right on, Carole.

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Re: Cardboard Core of Toilet Paper Rolls Good for Seed Sowing
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2017, 11:46:42 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, writeone. This user is located in Orlando, FL; Zone 9B. This was originally posted on November 30, 2012.

Yes, I do have a sense of connection with my plants similar to pets. I'm glad I'm not the only peculiar one. The more I know about their likes and preferences, the more I appreciate and have a sense of connection. But that is even with wild plants. I love learning about nature.

I don't major on this concept as it could stress people, but the Great Depression happened in an agricultural climate. There may come a time when we need our gardens to survive. And, the more I learn about our national food supply, the more disturbing it is.
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Re: Cardboard Core of Toilet Paper Rolls Good for Seed Sowing
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2017, 11:48:37 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, movrshakr. This user is located in Zone 10a - Cape Canaveral. This was originally posted on November 30, 2012.

Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, writeone. This user is located in Orlando, FL; Zone 9B. This was originally posted on November 30, 2012.

Yes, I do have a sense of connection with my plants similar to pets. I'm glad I'm not the only peculiar one. The more I know about their likes and preferences, the more I appreciate and have a sense of connection. But that is even with wild plants. I love learning about nature.

I don't major on this concept as it could stress people, but the Great Depression happened in an agricultural climate. There may come a time when we need our gardens to survive. And, the more I learn about our national food supply, the more disturbing it is.

That is a very good point. 

During the depression, there were MANY people who knew how to farm, garden, cure, can, preserve, etc.  Now, on a percentage basis, it is nearly nil.  If things go bad (that is assured now), self preservation skills are not present in many people.  If they can't find it on their iPhone and order it, they're lost.  Even if food is produced somewhere, transportation will be decimated, so it cannot get to your local stores, where you couldn't afford it anyway