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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Make Your Own Seed Starting Pots

Hi everybody, how are your seeds coming along? I'll update on mine soon (so far, so good!) Where I live (Zone 5, Colorado), it's time to do a lot more indoor planting. I'd love to do it right now! But we're having our 3-year old's birthday party this weekend, so I should probably be cleaning, hiding away everything we don't want our tiny guests to get into, and putting together favor bags. But soon, seeds, I'm coming for you!

If you're getting ready to plant and you don't want to buy seed starting pots, or just want to do a fun little project, you can make some out of newspaper. Here's the video tutorial I followed to make some origami pots:

Use regular newsprint, not the shiny ads. Newspaper pots are great because you can plant the whole pots right in the garden this spring. The roots will push through the deteriorating newspaper and the pots will break down, becoming part of the soil.  

I recommend using four layers of newspaper to start with. I only used two layers for some of my pots and they are already breaking down. We want them to decompose once they're planted in the garden, but not yet!

Here's another method, but it uses tape, which won't break down quickly in the garden. Before you plant the pots, just tear away the tape and throw it away. 


Gather some newspapers and cut or tear rectangles about 9 x 12 inches. Use  four layers of paper. 

Wrap the paper around a cup or can and tape the seam. 

Fold up the bottom edges so that they overlap and tape them to create the bottom. 

Now you can fill the newspaper pots with seed starting soil and place them in a tray or on a plate. Add some water to pre-moisten the soil. Wait at least an hour so the soil can absorb the water. Then you'll be ready to plant seeds. 

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