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Recycled seedling pots

Everyone will have toilet rolls to recycle. Have a go at this new way to reuse them in your garden.


For this activity, you’ll need:

  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Scissors
  • Compost
  • Marigold seeds (we’ll be using these, but you can choose any type of seeds you want)

Step 1: Create your pots

  • Fold your toilet roll flat one way, then unfold and fold again the other way - the centre should be more squarish than circular

  • Using scissors, cut the tube in half, it’s easier when the tube is flat - you can always ask an adult to help

  • By doing this, you get two pots from every roll

  • On one end of the tube, cut flaps by cutting along each of your four folds

  • Fold the flaps in, like you would with a cardboard box, to make the bottom of your pot


Step 2: Get planting

  • Fill your toilet roll pots with compost leaving about 1 inch at the top
  • Sprinkle 2 or 3 seeds in each pot and cover with more compost, then water
  • Keep them in a sunny spot, like a windowsill, and water regularly
  • If you’re using different seeds, check the instructions on the packet

Step 3: Adding to your garden

  • Once your young plant has two sets of leaves, it's ready to go into the ground
  • To replant the flowers in the garden, you just need to dig a hole and add the whole pot
  • Or you can take the cardboard off and add it to your compost

If you make some recycled seedling pots, share a picture with us on social using #DobbiesLittleSeedlings and tag us.

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