Learn how to make your own simple biodegradable seedling starter pots that can be planted directly in the garden. Start you plants indoors and transfer seedlings effortlessly without disturbing the tender young roots.
Not only is this a great re-purposing of a commonly tossed household item, these little seedling starters make it so much easier to plant in homemade upside down planters
because they slide right into the hole without damaging the young roots.
Empty Paper Towel Center or Toilet Paper Center or the cardboard tube center from wrapping paper
Spice or tincture bottle that will fit inside the cardboard tube
First, cut small squares about 2"x2" out of the newspaper. Cut the cardboard roll about every 2 1/2 inches, making several out of a single tube. (A note, normally you would want newspaper that is only black and white, rather than colors and definitely do NOT use Glossy Ads.
Place a piece of newspaper over the paper towel tube like so:
Using a spice or tincture bottle gently push the newspaper down to the bottom of the piece of tube.
This is how the bottom looks. This prevents the soil from falling out when you get ready to plant your seedling or during watering.
Next, fill it with soil (a spoon works well for this!) and plant your seeds, whatever kind you like.
Place it down on a tray and water them all thoroughly. Be sure to check them daily as they need to be kept moist in order for the seeds to germinate properly. This is a great project to do with little kids as it creates very little mess.
These can be planted directly in the garden once they've sprouted.
See Also : Homemade Newspaper Seedling Pots