How to Make Newspaper Pots for Starting Seeds

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Spring is here, so now is the time of year to start garden seeds indoors to prepare for the growing season.  This is a good way to give seedlings a head start in cold climates where the growing season is shorter and to save a ton of money over buying starter plants.  But starting seeds doesn’t have to mean going out and spending money on starter trays or plastic pots; they can be made for free using newspaper.  Not only are these free, but they are 100% biodegradable, so when it comes time to transplant the seedlings to the garden, you can just plant the whole pot in the ground and leave it.

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My daughter came home from school one day last spring with some little pots like this that her class had made for a project.  I had never heard of using newspaper pots, and I had my doubts about how well they would hold up, but they ended up working great.  I wanted to use this idea again but had no idea how to make them (and my daughter couldn’t remember) so I found two different ways to do them.

This first method just involves folding the newspaper to make a square pot.  See the video for full instructions.

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And using this method from HGTV, round pots can be made using a bottle as a guide.  See the full instructions here.

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Once the pot is complete, simply fill it with potting soil, plant the seeds, and put them in a waterproof tray in a sunny window or greenhouse.  When they are ready to transplant, just dig a whole large enough to plant the whole pot in the ground.  It doesn’t get much easier than that!

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