Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Home made paper pots

Making your own seed starting pots can be a simple money saving and green way to start your garden, and not fill a landfill. My husband only get's the Sunday paper to sift through the jobs so we don't have too much paper laying around. If that's the case for you, old phone book would serve well too.

For this demo, I grabbed some paper out of the phone book. Any paper about average size would do. If you're going to use a newspaper, I recommend cutting the pages down to a manageable size.

You're first step is to fold the top of the paper about an inch. This will reinforce the top so your pot keeps it's shape.

Next find any cylinder shaped object, a glass, a jar to help you get an even curve.

Wrap the paper around the cylinder.

Tuck the end into the fold so you don't have to use tape.

Fold the bottom like you would wrap a gift.

Fill carefully, supporting the bottom, and store them in a waterproof container.

If you used any tape making these, be sure to remove it before transplanting your seedlings into the ground. The pots otherwise can go directly in the ground. They will breakdown in the soil.


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  2. Great idea! We're doing some gardening this weekend so I might use them, I was also thinking egg cartons.



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