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My most recent DIY.
Assuming the marauding Sacred Ibis doesn't upend the rig, there is much hope that I'm on a winner.
Won't work against snails but tweaks my memory of what went where.
No transplant shock.
Indeed what we have here is the latest prototype in my seed to seedling quest.
The paper/cardboard holds moisture in the context of the surrounding soil while the roll cups supposedly seed-friendly (& weed free) mix.

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Comment by Dave Riley on September 27, 2019 at 7:59

Here are photos of cutlery in the garden:

A spoon settles into its task among the Vetiver mulch

A wee fork holds a label so it faces upwards to your passing face. Cutlery in the dirt

Comment by Dave Riley on September 26, 2019 at 23:52

Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With soup spoons and finger forks
And steak knives all in a row.

Comment by GayleD on September 26, 2019 at 23:15

I like the idea of cutlery from op-shops for plant markers.

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on September 26, 2019 at 10:00

The problem with placing the cylinders directly in the ground is it takes up a greater area and more water where if they are grouped together until the seedling emerge is easier to water and protect plus if have previous crop can get the new plants ready before the other crop is finished

Comment by Dave Riley on September 25, 2019 at 20:46

After taking Cres' very valid points on board -- in my latest seed plant-out experiment, I cut the toilet rolls in half -- width ways --  and buried them as empty cylinders in the soil in the garden bed. 

I then filled each cylinder with seed raising mix, patted it down and packed in the surrounding dirt to the rim. I then sowed individual seeds into each of these chambers.

The difference from my original template is that there is no 'bottom' of paper to these cylinders...and all the sowing is at the coalface, so to speak.

In my original design I had used sate sticks with fluro stickers. Unfortunately, I think nesting birds thereafter stole these sticks for nest building as they soon enough all disappeared. So there remained nothing to mark the spot and I have a short memory...

This time around I grabbed a box of old kitchen cutlery and struck fluro dots on those before inserting an old knife fork or spoon next to the embedded toilet roll and seed.

Sure looks good in the dirt. Makes me feel so neat, even a tad OCD. All that stainless un-utilised steel glistening in the sun.

Given that cutlery lasts and lasts and is so cheap at Op shops, I think I Am on a masterial winner.

I also found that instead of inserting plastic write on labels into the dirt I can affix them to forks so that the signage looks up at you when you tour the garden.

Comment by Cres on September 10, 2019 at 16:46

I've done this system (toilet rolls) as well as origami type newspaper pots for the same reason. They worked really well except once the plants grew they all seemed to struggle. I ended up digging a few out to see what was going on. The newspaper pots and thick toilet roll cardboard weren't breaking down as quickly as the seeds were sprouting and growing. The roots were all bound up and despite the newspaper being completely soggy they hadn't broken through. This was when I was first starting so perhaps there was not enough worm activity to assist in the paper breakdown.

The solution in the end was to go along with a pair of scissors and do a few vertical cut down the sides once the seedling was well established to allow lateral root growth. Things seemed to go well from there. I now do it out of habit, maybe it's not necessary in  rich soil.

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