Newspaper seed starter potsAugust 9, 2012 at 7:02 am | Posted in crafts, garden | 1 Comment
Tags: garden, newspaper seed starter pots
In December my family moved from a small 2 bedroom apartment into a 3 bedroom house on 1/2 an acre. I was thrilled to finally have a yard, and had just enough time to get seeds started for a summer garden. Being the cheap person that I am, I decided to make my own seed starter pots from newspaper. Since buying a $30 gadget to make my own newspaper pots hardly seems cost effective, I used a toilet paper tube as my mold.
First, grab a piece of newspaper. I used a single sheet, folded into thirds length-wise. By the time it gets rolled up the single sheet is thick enough to last until planting.
Leave about 2″ hanging off of the end, and roll the paper around a toilet paper tube, or other similarly sized form (like a straight sided cup.)
Flip it over, and fold the extra paper over the top of the tube to form an end.
I really can’t figure out a good way to explain this process, so heres another photo. Its very easy to do – my 7 year old made about half of the pots without any help.
Slide the toilet paper tube out and you have a seed starter pot that is ready to use!
Fill the pot with moistened potting mix. In this picture I had curled the top down to keep it in place, but after I made a few more pots I found this wasn’t necessary.
Since the pots are lightweight, I found it was easier to keep them upright if they were taped together with masking tape. I made bundles of 6-8 pots and labeled them with whatever seed I planted in them. I had a little trouble with the tomatoes, but these aci sivri chile peppers did great – I got several peppers off of my two plants. (I started a lot more seeds than I needed, and ultimately planted the strongest plants.)
Right now (mid-August) my garden needs to be mowed down and started over. After a month of daily rain the bugs and weeds overran it, but I am planning on planting a second summer crop since we don’t really get cold weather until late November. I think gardening is one of those things that requires practice, so I was expecting this first planting to be a learning experience more than a productive garden. I did get lots of great produce, and now I have better idea of what to do next time.