No Guff Seeding Containers

In No Guff Vegetable Gardening we tell readers that there’s no need to spend a lot of money on supplies for starting vegetable transplants indoors.

Steve sometimes uses toilet paper rolls…Donna is aghast at the thought. Below you’ll see how you can use a toilet paper roll to make newspaper pots.


Here’s what we say about seeding containers in the book No Guff Vegetable Gardening:

While we recommend new gardeners start with commercially prepared soilless mixes for starting seeds, we don’t recommend the same for containers.

Be creative and don’t feel you have to buy the combo packs of trays, cell packs, and clear covers that are stocked by garden centres. They’re nice, but unnecessary.

Here are household items that you can use to start seeds:

  • Toilet-paper rolls snipped in two, giving small pots
  • Cardboard pint and half-pint containers used to sell fruit
  • Cardboard tissue boxes with the top cut off
  • Plastic trays and foam trays in which produce is sold (if at least a couple of inches deep)
  • Yogurt and margarine tubs with holes poked in the bottom
  • Old cell packs (the plastic four- and six-pack squares in which annual bedding plants are sold)

Donna says: Personally, I am not starting seed in toilet paper rolls!

Steve says: I don’t use egg cartons because I find they’re too shallow.