Save Money by Making Your Own “Peat Pots”

When I heard about this I was all over it. Can you imagine if we saved all of our toilet paper rolls throughout the year how many little pots we’d have come spring? We could really plant early and get a jump on the growing season! Not only is this a great idea, but it’s plantet friendly and saves a lot of money in many ways. 

Millions of toilet paper rolls end up in landfills every day. If you garden, you’re tossing away money. Recycling cardboard toilet paper rolls into homemade peat pots for your garden is easy and economical.

You will need a plastic plant tray, or another shallow, flat container. Big box store garden centers will let you have trays for free. Look under the benches, or consolidate plants in another tray and ask for the empty ones.

Toilet paper rolls make great homemade peat pots for seedlings or small cuttings for the garden.

  • First, cut your toilet paper rolls in half.
  • Then cut one end in four places, and fold the flaps inward to make a bottom. Cutting them in four places makes a square bottom, so you can fit more into a tray. 
  • You can put a small piece of masking tape on the bottom, but it isn’t necessary, because as soon as they are wet, they will stand up. (I would use paper tape if I needed to.)
  • Place the toilet paper rolls into the tray and add potting mix, then plant your seed or stick your cutting. 
  • You will need to water until your homemade peat pots are wet, so they will not suck water from the soil. If you have one, a larger tray or shallow pan to soak the toilet paper rolls is preferable to overhead watering.

For larger cuttings, and seedlings of plants that need more root space, only cut the toilet paper rolls with four cuts at the bottom. These taller homemade peat pots are great for rooting tomato suckers and woody cuttings for your garden, as they encourage the roots to grow downward instead of outward.

Recycling Other Cardboard Rolls

An alternative to toilet paper rolls is recycling cardboard rolls left over from wrapping paper, aluminum foil, and plastic wraps. These sturdier cardboard rolls can be cut to any size you need. The taller homemade peat pots are actually better for rooting woody cuttings for your garden, because they don’t break down as quickly.

Once your seedlings or cuttings are ready to transplant, you simply place your homemade peat pots into your garden soil or container, and they will break down just like real peat pots, becoming part of the soil.

Another way of recycling cardboard rolls for your garden is to flatten them and cut small pieces to cover holes in the bottom of pots. The water will get through, but the soil will not.

To keep weeds out of your pots, try recycling cardboard rolls by unrolling them and placing them on top of the soil, under a layer of mulch or rocks, much as you would use cardboard boxes in your garden.

If none of these tips for recycling cardboard rolls in your garden interests you, simply cut them up and put them into your compost pile. Whatever you do with them, don’t just toss them out!

I’m sure that you can find a myriad of other ways of recycling toilet paper and other cardboard rolls. Using your imagination for recycling common everyday items that were once thrown away can go a long way toward saving our planet.

Idea comes from brighthub.com.

Group Buy on Seeds

Hi everyone,

Rebecca taught an amazing class yesterday on gardening, passed out catalogs and we are offering a bulk sale on garden seeds. There are some fantastic varieties at great prices. Have fun choosing which ones to buy. I want five of each!

Have a great day, April  🙂

P.S. Thanks Rebekah for a great class with a ton of important information. You inspired me completely. I am going to grow a row of sunflowers, so that I can try all the groovy stuff you talked about in your class. (Wouldn’t Mary Englebrite be so proud!) In the fall, I will post what I am talking about, on a later post about Sunflowers.

 

 

Hi everyone! I am trying to get the seed order finalized. If you didn’t get a chance to order at the class today, or if you didn’t make it to the class, here is some more info for you. I think a lot of people didn’t really understand what we are ordering- These are non hybrid seeds that you can store in your food storage or plant in your garden. You will be getting a lot of seeds- the amount will vary depending on how many people order, but in general it will be 5-10x the amount you would get in a packet from the store. There will be plenty to plant and to store.

 

The more people that order, the cheaper they will be. For example, the seeds that are most expensive right now is the corn- mostly because not many people ordered it. But the people who are getting it will get a lot of seeds. So if more people order, the price will drop, as will the number of seeds you get.

 

Here is a list of the current prices and how many seeds (approx.) you get for that price. As more people order the price will fluctuate, but it will only get better!

 

Please try to get me your order in by the end of Friday, and then we can get payments figured out and get these ordered next week. (So we can start planting!) Please send your order to Rebekah Griffin at milkmaid35@gmail.com. We didn’t have enough demand for compost tumblers and rain barrels, but if you would like to order some pots, we could use more orders to get better prices. These are biodegradable pots for starting plants and can be directly planted into your garden to eliminate transplant shock.

 

  • 2″ pots $7 for 100
  • 3″pots $12 for 100
  • 4″ pots $12 for 50

 

OK, here are the seed prices.

  • Green Beans, bush .60/100 seeds
  • Green beans, pole 2.55/100 seeds
  • Dry Beans, white 1.50/80 seeds
  • Beets 2.50/120 seeds
  • Broccoli .93/500 seeds
  • Canteloupe 1.05/95 seeds
  • Carrots 1.00/1000 seeds
  • Corn, sweet 2.00/150 seeds
  • Corn, dry/field 2.53/220 seeds
  • Cucumber .68/355 seeds
  • Kale 1.38/100 seeds
  • Leeks 3.00/500 seeds
  • Lettuce 1.00/600 seeds
  • Onions 1.50/500 seeds
  • Peas .65/165 seeds
  • Green Peppers 1.00/77 seeds
  • Pie Pumpkins .75/25 seeds
  • Carving Pumpkins .75/25 seeds
  • Radishes .60/250 seeds
  • Spinach .70/830 seeds
  • Acorn squash .90/32 seeds
  • Butternut squash 1.00/57 seeds
  • Spaghetti squash 1.00/ 62 seeds
  • Zucchini 1.30/70 seeds
  • Yellow squash 1.22/110 seeds
  • Roma Tomatoes 1.23/147 seeds
  • Heirloom slicing tomato 1.58/147 seeds
  • Cherry yellow pear tomato .94/100 seeds
  • Turnips .60/7900 seeds
  • Watermelon 1.40/275 seeds
  • Parsley .85/6600 seeds
  • Basil .40/417 seeds
  • Thyme .75/3375 seeds
  • Mint 1.67/1250 seeds
  • Cilantro .68/1000

 

Thanks! Rebekah

Gardening Class Reminder

Yesterday, while I was outside, the goats were bleating, the chicks were peeping and guess what? The winter doldrums were lifted from me and bottled up energy just busted out all over! I saw my darling purple crocuses blooming their pretty little faces off, the lime green grass blades are reaching up out of their winter graves, and the seed catalogues were screaming “Come and get me!” “Oh my gosh”, with such excitement in the air, I ran over to the roto-tiller and was ready to “start up my engines!” Unfortunately, it is literally busted, so I had to borrow Tina Curzon’s pruning sheers and give our orchard a haircut! “Just wait until Monday I thought, I’ll put Siggy to work and we’ll have our seedlings planted before our gardening class this Thursday!” (Honestly, I can hardly wait to go play in the dirt again!)

Yippy, it is our gardening class this Thursday at 10:00 here at my house!

Hopefully, we have all made it through the ward-winter-bog that we have so lovingly shared with one another, (that is a true Zion community that loves and serves each other so much, that we can share our own love-pandemic with everyone in just 3 hours or less on just one day of the week. 🙂 )

Anyway, back to business, please come to Rebekah Griffins class on organic gardening, and be prepared to learn the greatest information ever from our very own serious, expert organic gardener! Hopefully, you too, can share your own experiences and tips with us, because I know that there are many gardeners and closet gardeners out there with many tricks up your sleeves that we are wanting/needing to know. (Becky Juchau, RaCail Hayes, Heidi & Judy Conover and Karen Gardener- just to name a few.)

See you on Thursday- hopefully we will have good weather that day. Then you are welcome to bring your little kiddies to play in the backyard for our one our class.

Everyone is welcome 🙂

P.S. Someone who ordered the cookbooks from the bulk buy suggested that they would also buy their Mother’s day and birthday presents in theses cookbooks this year. I must admit, they are the difference between delicious food, and “food storage” meals, which can be really awful. (Trust me, I have made made of those too.) I thought she had an excellent idea, so I am passing it on to you. 🙂

Garden Seeds- Hybrids vs Heirloom Variety

Overall, both heirlooms and hybrids deserve their place in any home garden. 

Heirlooms for emergency preparedness offer the ability to harvest seed for future use.  Hybrids offer disease resistance, reliable productivity, and particular maturity ranges.  Whatever seeds are chosen, gardeners should embrace diversity with the best of both worlds.  Enjoy the satisfaction of growing and eating what you grow and experiment with what grows best in your garden.  Gardening is an evolutionary joy that is fun and challenging with great rewards.

 

Heirloom/Open Pollinated seeds vs. F1 Hybrid Seeds

 

Watch out when you bring this up in gardening blog spots.  There is a war out

there.  What is the truth?  Is there a middle ground?  Both types of seeds have

their pro’s and con’s, advantages and disadvantages, but neither can trump the

other because when it gets right down to it, which is best is all a personal

preference.  Both have unique characteristics and traits that make the seed special. 

I will try to lay out the benefits and the negative points of each, and then each of

you can decide which is best for you in your situation.   

 

First off let’s lay out some definitions:

1. The term F1 hybrid means the first filial generation made by crossing two

different parent varieties, the offspring of which produce a new, uniform

seed variety with specific characteristics from both parents.  This same cross

must be done each year to produce consistent F1 hybrid seed.  The

pollination cross is done by control conditions (fields of other varieties miles

away) so that no cross pollination (from wind, bees or any other source) will

occur.   

2. Heirloom and Open Pollinated seeds are considered two different types but

for our purposes we will lump them together.  Generally the definition of

these varieties is varieties that have been around for 40 to 50 years, and that

has been preserved and kept true in a particular region.  In the case of Open

Pollinated seeds they are pollinated by wind or bees and their traits are

relatively fixed within a range of variability.

     What does this all mean?   

 I think that both hybrid and open pollinated/Heirloom varieties deserve a

legitimate place in any home garden.   

Hybrid seeds are usually the seed of choice for commercial farmers because they grow faster, easier, are disease tolerant, and create more produce than heirloom seeds.  However, there are discrepancies as to the lack of taste hybrids have.  This is true to an extent.  When hybrid seeds first were developed they did have rather bland flavors, but today many hybrids outperform heirlooms with exceptional flavor, taste, and Hybrids allow those of us with shorter seasons to grow and harvest quality produce because of shorter maturity dates.  The disadvantages of hybrid seeds is the lack of distinguishable varieties and colorful produce that many gardeners prefer.  Lastly, but probably most significant disadvantage of hybrid seed is the inability to harvest seed and have it have the same characteristics as its parent.   

Heirloom/Open Pollinated seeds are known for their varieties, colors, flavors, and textures. The produce from heirloom varieties, when grown properly, can be a better product.  Another advantage of heirloom seeds is that gardeners can harvest seeds from this year’s plants to plant next season.  As long as no cross pollination has occurred during the growing season, gardeners can expect the same results from the seed they harvest.  However, with these advantages also come many disadvantages.  Heirlooms are not tolerant to diseases and are harder when trying to harvest quality produce.  The biggest disadvantage, I feel, is that most heirloom varieties grow to maturity and are best when harvested within a couple day time frame.  This makes it extremely hard to harvest a quality that I have fresh corn every day.  With heirloom varieties the milk stage of sweet corn is only a couple of days but with hybrids the milk stage is up to two weeks long.

Overall, both heirlooms and hybrids deserve their place in any home garden. 

Heirlooms for emergency preparedness offer the ability to harvest seed for future use.  Hybrids offer disease resistance, reliable productivity, and particular maturity ranges.  Whatever seeds are chosen, gardeners should embrace diversity with the best of both worlds.  Enjoy the satisfaction of growing and eating what you grow and experiment with what grows best in your garden.  Gardening is an evolutionary joy that is fun and challenging with great rewards.

Report from ABCeeds.com

 

 

 

 

God’s Pharmacy

God left us great clues as to what foods help what part of our body! God’s Pharmacy ! It’s Amazing!

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye.
The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye… and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A Tomato has four chambers and is red.
The heart has four chambers and is red. All o f the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart.
Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones.
These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body. We’re talking about the “good” sodium, not table salt.

Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this?

It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow.
Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries.

Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Onions look like the body’s cells.
Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.

A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

It is best to eat these amazing foods in their raw form when at all possible. In the raw, their enzymes and other powerful nutrients are unaltered. It is in this raw form that the results above are based on.God’s Pharmacy

I grew it, now what do I do with it?

I have figured out what to do with all of that zucchini from our garden- Cut into thin slices, put toppings on it like lemon pepper, salt and vinegar, bbq sauce, powdered cheese, powdered ranch etc. dehydrate it, and you have the new healthy potatoe chip! Give it a try. My family loves them!