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Recycle loop: loo rolls to root veg!

First we store our toilet roll tubes and kitchen roll tubes.

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(Both of these are made from recycled paper chez Lizard. This closes the loop where we recycle some of our paper waste.)

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I fold all rolls flat for storage purposes. When we come to use them I also create a crease half way through the flat side so that when the tube is opened up it’s got a square profile.

This makes it easier to fill with compost and a more practical shape.

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This year after reading this green fingers post, I decided to use the tubes from the kitchen rolls for parsnips.

The plan is to have straighter parsnips this year hopefully.

So far the parsnips seem happy.

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After mishaps in previous years, I started them off again on a damp tray on kitchen roll.

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This seems to help their notoriously poor germination.

We’re still eating last years crop so this is good news!

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24 comments on “Recycle loop: loo rolls to root veg!

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    April 5, 2014

    awesome post

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  2. silverbells2012
    April 5, 2014

    Aha! Trying parnips for the first time this and wondered if it was just me as they seem to be taking a very long time to germinate…. Hope yours will be nice and straight!

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    • lizard100
      April 5, 2014

      The first year I put them straight on the plot. They blew away and disappeared. Now the germination process which takes a long time is easier to control but I also learned that parsnip seed is only good for one year so that might be another useful tip.

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      • silverbells2012
        April 5, 2014

        Well, the seed is new but I will get more next year if this year is a success. How did your first lot blow away?

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      • lizard100
        April 5, 2014

        They just seemed to disappear. Given that they are so light and delicate and our soil is so sandy I suspected that they flew away.

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      • silverbells2012
        April 5, 2014

        Well, that is a shame but at least you still have plenty of growing season left!

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      • lizard100
        April 5, 2014

        It was the first year about nine years ago. This year I was just neglectful of my germinating tray. So the new batch is doing fine.

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      • silverbells2012
        April 5, 2014

        🙂

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  3. tootlepedal
    April 5, 2014

    Interesting idea.

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  4. truckerturningwrite
    April 5, 2014

    Wow, you guys walk the environmental walk.
    Great idea for loo rolls.

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  5. wscottling
    April 6, 2014

    Have you ever seen this meme? https://www.recyclebank.com/media/LiveGreen2013/yourcard.png

    I started saving toilet paper rolls after I went on Pinterest a couple of years back, then I realized… I don’t garden! (which is what most people do with them) What am I gonna do with them all? I promptly recycled them all. Now I need them for when I wind very thin yarn that I harvest from sweaters. *sigh*

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  6. Rambling Woods
    April 6, 2014

    Really….. That is such a creative idea

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  7. hollymayroberts
    April 6, 2014

    I’ve never had success with loo roll but your tips sound very positive! Great post!

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  8. lizard100
    April 6, 2014

    It gets a bit like that. We save jars as well then people kindly give us jars. But we can’t make jam in winter!

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  9. Ayana
    April 6, 2014

    Ok. After looking at this post I need to save all our toilet paper and paper towel rolls. I used to save them for crafts. Now I need to save them for gardening. Genius!

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    • lizard100
      April 6, 2014

      That’s brilliant! I’m really pleased. We have a basket in the bathroom where they are stored flat. I’ve just used 96 to plant almost two hundred peas! There were about twenty left from a year of saving them. The square profile is really handy!

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  10. Lin
    April 6, 2014

    Such a great idea!!

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  11. gillianspeace
    April 9, 2014

    Brilliant!

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  12. Dan
    January 27, 2015

    What a great idea!

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