OK, OK… You don’t have to rub it in…
I know many of you started your cute little seedlings weeks ago, and some of you are even harvesting crisp lettuce and greens… But don’t worry, I won’t hold it against you. 😉
Here in the frozen tundra (aka Wyoming) we are still shoveling snow and chopping ice. In fact, we had a lovely snow storm on Monday that closed down all the roads. So it’ll be a while before I get to dig around in my garden patch…
However, it’s just about time to get some seeds growing in our sunny windows. So I’ll take whatever dirt under my fingernails I can get!
There are a million-and-one different ways to start seeds–everything from fancy, seed-starting systems, to random repurposed objects.
However, I’ve returned to these simple newspaper pots year after year. I like that are big enough for larger seedlings to have room to grow, plus it doesn’t get much more frugal than this!
DIY Paper Seedling Pots
You will need:
- Newspaper (one full “fold-out” sheet will make 2 pots)
- A drinking glass (or any other cylindrical object that you can wrap the paper around- – it needs to have straight sides)
- Masking tape (2 pieces per pot)
- Potting soil
If you are starting with a full sheet of newspaper, tear it in half along the fold.
Now fold it in half lengthwise, like this—>
Grab your cylindrical object (aka straight-sided drinking glass) and place it halfway on the paper. Unlike what you see in this picture, you’ll want the bottom half of the glass inside the newspaper roll, and the top facing out. (So exactly opposite of what you see here…)
Roll the paper all the way up, and secure with a strip of tape. There will be several inches of paper hanging off the end of the glass (on the side where you see my hand.) That’s what you want.
Fold the paper over the bottom of the glass like you are wrapping a gift, and secure it with another bit of tape.
Place your finished pots in a tray (or other holder) and fill with potting soil. I like to use the foil lasagna pans or trays that come with the clear plastic lids. I keep the lids on while the seedlings are tiny, which keeps them warm and prevents them from drying out as quickly. It’s an improvised mini-greenhouse.
When you are ready to transplant your seedlings, you can place the paper pot directly into the ground, or gently tear the bottom third off to expose the roots. I’ve done it both ways.
And there you have it! A cozy home for your newborn seedlings–for just pennies. 🙂