In our urban kitchen garden I’ve deep rooted about 60 heirloom tomato seedlings from their pots (at right) into old plastic juice and milk bottles. I learned this technique from an old European man at a country market a few years ago.
When the seedling develops its second tier of leaves you replant them, burying up to the first leaves. The seedling then forms more roots from further up the stem. So when you do the final planting, they’ll be much more robust.
Before I added the seedling to the soil I also added some powdered ground eggshells. This will prevent the tomatoes from developing blossom end rot - where the fruit rot at the base before they’ve fully ripened. Make the powder yourself by saving egg shells, when they’ve had time to dry, grind them down in a food processor or mortar and pestle.
My recycled containers are more old wisdom, a throw back to my grandpa who would do this to self sown seedlings and take them to the local charity shop. You can use tins, soft drink bottles and milk cartons too. Just remember to make drainage holes in the base.
As I have far too many seedlings for my tiny garden, sime will be given to family & neighbours as part of today’s Global Share Day initiative.