Toilet Paper Rolls As Pest Control – How To Stop Pests With Toilet Paper Rolls
By: Teo Spengler
Recycling doesn’t always mean tossing paper products, liketoilet paper rolls, into the big bin. You can have more fun if you use toiletpaper rolls as pest control in the garden. How to stop pests with toilet paperrolls? It’s ingenious but simple and fun. Read on for all you need to knowabout cardboard tube pest control, including protecting plants with toiletpaper rolls in the veggie garden.
Using Cardboard Tubes for Pests
Most toilet paper and paper towels come wrapped around acardboard tube. When you have finished a roll, you still have that tube todispose of. You will do better tossing that cardboard tube in the recycling binthan the garbage can, but now there is another cool alternative: cardboard tubepest control in the garden.
It’s not difficult to start protecting plants with toiletpaper rolls and it can be effective in a variety of ways. If you have neverheard of cardboard tubes for pests, you may be skeptical. But we’ll tell youexactly how this works and how to stop pests with toilet paper rolls. And notjust one pest, but many different kinds.
Cardboard tube pest control can work to stopcutworm damage in carrot patches, vineborers in squash and slugdamage in seedlings. You may find many more ways to use toilet paperrolls as pest control.
How to Stop Pests with Toilet Paper Rolls
Toilet paper rolls can serve two main functions when itcomes to controlling pests. One is as a little nesting site for seeds so thatnew seedlings are safe from hungry bugs. The other is a kind of cast you canplace on a vine to prevent borers.
For example, anyone who has growncarrots for a while has likely seen his or her crop nipped in thebud by cutworms. Use a whole toilet paper tube or a section of paper towel tubeand fill it with potting soil. Plant four seeds in it and don’t transplantuntil roots come out the bottom of the tube.
You can also use cardboard tubes for pests to prevent mayhemin your squash bed. Vine borer moths lay their eggs in the stems of squashplants. Naturally, when the larvae eat their way out, they destroy the stemsthat bring water and nutrients to the plant. Prevention is easy. Just cut thecardboard tube in half and wrap the base stem of the plant with it. When youtape it shut, Mom borer cannot get in to lay her eggs.
You can also drop toilet paper tubes into the garden bed andplant your seeds in them. This can protect the new seedling from slug and snaildamage.
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Save your cardboard toilet roll inners and grow carrots!
Yipee! I have a day off from writing today! The lovely Sarah from Ethics Trading (who is offering free delivery on all order over £30 and has REDUCED the price of her soapnuts) mentioned growing carrots in toilet roll inners on one of our posts. Well it caused quite a stir amongst our readers who were eager to hear more. As your wish is our command, it’s over to Sarah to tell you all about it………..
This article was first published by Sarah on Quassia July 18th 2008.
“I’ve always struggled to grow carrots. My soil is quite clay and cold so they often don’t germinate or survive to be big enough to eat. Last year I tried something new.
Someone said to me that they save the inner card tubes from toilet rolls and use those to start off seeds, especially carrot and parsnip. The tubes are rigid enough to hold compost, biodegradable and open at the bottom so anything with a tap root isn’t restricted, as well as being tall enough to give those root veg a good head start.
Now carrots hate being moved, if you try to transplant them they split, fork or die, don’t form that delicious tap root and are generally inedible. So you can’t usually give them a head start indoors or in a greenhouse, which plants need in my garden – because the soil is cold and sticky.
So, I saved some toilet roll inners, stood them in a deep tray, filled them with compost and sowed my carrots. They germinated and grew fine on the window sill. I went to plant them out and the cardboard was still solid enough to handle reasonably well. I left one or two seedlings in each tube and set them in rows in the veg bed. I did help them along with a liberal sprinkle of organic slug pellets, but this year I have chickens to help with the slugs so I’ll have to be more careful with the pellets or use something else.
This all started happening last March and continued through the year until planting season finally came to an end and I now had several rows of carrots grown this way. I ate the first carrots grown in this garden – and they tasted lovely, the roots were long and straight, but could have done with another week or so to bulk up a bit. Still, a successful carrot crop, but I’ll leave them in the ground a bit longer this year and I want to try some different varieties.
I did run out of tubes though, so I did some with pots made with the Paper Potter and those did just as well as long as I stuck to a short rooted variety. But I’ve been saving toilet roll tubes all winter and I have loads to start with when it eventually warms up enough to be sowing seeds.
So, save your toilet roll inners and plant carrots in them! Or parsnips, but I don’t like parsnips so I’ll stick with carrots.
My gardening progress, along with any hints and tips I find along the way, will be recorded in the Ethics Trading blog through the year so do drop in there after you’ve finished wandering around the Zero Waste site”.
Marvellous – thank you Sarah. I gotta say, I’m sceptical I’ve tried carrots in my clay soil and they are having none of it, so I can’t wait to try this method and I’m looking forward to being proven wrong.
Tomorrow I’ll be sharing what I have been up to with the inners from toilet rolls. I bet you can’t wait!
Planting Leeks in Toilet Paper Rolls
Toilet paper roll collars around the bases of leek plants (Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum) block out sunlight so more of the leek stems stay white and tender rather than turning green like the tops of the stalks. One 4-inch toilet paper roll is long enough to provide collars for two leek plants. Plant leeks from seed and add the collars after the seedlings emerge.
Dig the soil to a depth of at least 8 inches with a rototiller or hand digging tools, working in a few inches of organic matter such as manure and finished compost if you have poor soil. Select a site that receives full sun to grow the leeks.
Dig several furrows approximately 7 inches deep and with 12 inches between each furrow. A hoe works well to pull the soil aside to make the furrows.
Plant leek seeds or leek seedlings 8 inches apart in the furrows. Plant seeds 1/2 inch deep and plant seedlings as deep as they were growing in the original containers. Push the soil into the trench around leek seedlings, filling in the furrows to just below where the leaf base meets the white flesh portion. Once seeds germinate, thin seedling to 8 inches apart by pinching them off at the soil line.
Water the leeks well until the soil is moist, but not saturated. Water at least once weekly, or as needed. Spread mulch around the leeks after the seedlings emerge, to help trap moisture in the soil, but avoid pushing the mulch directly against the leeks. If you plant leeks from seed, wait until the leeks reach about 6 inches tall and have at least two leaf sets before you add mulch.
Cut the toilet paper rolls in half, making each piece 2 inches long. Paper towel rolls and wrapping paper tubes also work when cut into 2-inch sections.
Slip the toilet paper tubes over the leek leaves and slide them down the shaft to the soil. Press down on the tubes to set them 1/2 to 1 inch into the soil.
Apply a complete, all-purpose fertilizer to the leeks once weekly or every other week, depending on the rate of growth. Fertilizer mixing rates vary with different products. Mix an all-purpose water-soluble fertilizer, for example, at a rate of 1 tablespoon of fertilizer to 1 gallon of water. The water in the fertilizer counts toward the weekly watering requirement.
6 Smart Hacks for Cardboard Toilet Paper Tubes
Repurpose those little cylinders with these clever new uses.
Paper products, namely toilet paper, are really having their moment as we all stay at home. You likely have a couple cardboard tubes lying around from finished toilet paper and paper towel rolls. But what you might not know is that those cardboard tubes can come in handy around the house. Their cylindrical shape makes them a perfect candidate for a variety of craft, storage, and even organizing purposes. Read on (or watch the video above) for ways to give them a new life.
Always misplacing your hair accessories? Plop elastic hair bands onto a toilet paper tube and clip barrettes or bobby pins to the ends for an easy hair accessory HQ.
Keep an important document, like a birth certificate, or special memento, like a piece of child’s artwork, safely stored without creasing by rolling it up and placing it inside a paper towel tube. The tube will keep it dry in a cedar chest or plastic container. You can even label the outside of the tube with what’s inside.