For years we have been making our seed-starting pots from newspapers. We start our tomatoes and peppers in them in a bright window and later the plants can be planted directly in the garden, pot and all, because the newspaper breaks down quickly and the roots can spread out into the surrounding soil.
Instructions on How to Make Eco-Friendly Seedling Pots
To do this you will need some sheets of newspaper and bottle. (A wine bottle works great!)
Fold a sheet in half and roll it around the bottle with some sticking out past the bottom of the bottle.
Fold the newspaper into the divot (it’s called a “punt”) at the bottom of the wine bottle.
With the seed pot still on the bottle, put the bottle on a table and push down firmly while moving the bottle around on the table surface. This will help the seed pot to keep its shape.
Voila! A simple decomposable seed pot. Made for free from items in your recycling bin!
We like to reuse plastic spinach containers to hold the seed pots.
When it’s time to transplant the seedlings into the garden, just plant the pots directly in the soil. Peel back any newspaper that will remain above the soil line so that it doesn’t wick moisture up out of the dirt.
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