Use Old Paper Towel Rolls In The Garden To Protect Seedlings From Pests

Use Old Paper Towel Rolls In The Garden To Protect Seedlings From Pests

Instead of throwing out the cardboard centre roll from your paper towel or toilet paper roll, put it to good use in the garden. Cut it into segments and press it into the soil around your newly planted seedlings to give them a little extra protection from slugs and other pests that won’t appreciate a tall barrier between them and your plants.

Granted, the most enterprising pests will just climb up and over the paper roll, but the added protection may be all it takes to help your seedlings grow a bit and get hardy enough to not mind a little slug-munching. Plus, if you’re looking for a plant starter, you can pack some soil and seedlings into multiple rolls and keep them inside until the weather is right to plant them in your garden.

Apartment Therapy has a number of other great gardening re-uses for common kitchen waste items at the link below, like using crushed eggshells in your compost and using hollowed citrus shells to lure slugs and snails away from your plants. Do you have any favourite gardening tricks to share? Let’s hear them in the comments below.

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  • A little line of vaseline round the outside of the roll would help as well.

    I actually use softdrink bottles round the edge of my seedlings. I just cut the top off, turn it upside down over the plant. Pests can’t get in, and the frosts aren’t a problem..

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