Posted by Erica on Mar 13, 2012 in seedling pots
Sustainable and biodegradable, newspaper pots for starting seedlings are easy and inexpensive too. I bought my pot maker tool about 10 years ago when they were only in the most obscure seed catalogs. Now you can google “newspaper pot maker” and find lots of options. They range from $12-$20 and well worth it.
Here is a picture tutorial for making the pots. I usually make a few at a time while watching TV or chatting with family. I can usually convince Violet to help out while she is watching a marathon of 30 Rock.
Start with one half of a full sheet
Fold in half and tear along fold
Fold into thirds and tear along folds again
Repeat until you have a pile of strips to make into pots
Lay one strip on a hard surface and line the top of the narrow end to the top edge of your pot maker and roll it up
Should look like this now. This is the under side.
Now fold down the excess paper at the bottom and hold in place....
...and place the bottom part of the pot maker on folded edges and twist back and forth while pressing to crease the paper into place.
A typical seed tray will hold about 9 rows of 4 pots.
Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts in paper pots