Repurpose a common household item that normally gets tossed in the rubbish to make your own biodegradable seedling starters for household or garden plants

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  • MYO Biodegradable Seed Pots

    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.

    You'll Need:

    Old Newspaper
    Empty Paper Towel Center or Toilet Paper Center or the cardboard tube center from wrapping paper
    Potting Soil
    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

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    Comments 13 Comments
    1. MabelMartha's Avatar
      MabelMartha -
      Brilliant. Love the recycling and the concept. I may do this with lettuce seeds and stagger the planting dates so I'll always have fresh lettuce.
    1. bnavinsky's Avatar
      bnavinsky -
      I am going to try this with my Freshman Biology class next year. We had a green house donated to our district, and we need to fill it, but are on a tight budget. First day of break and I find school stuff to do!
    1. COSenior's Avatar
      COSenior -
      This is pretty cute. I decided to see if the egg cartons I get would degrade when wet, and they seem to. I'm saving them for next year. If anyone has had experience with the kind of egg carton that seems to be made of something similar to papier mache, I'd be interested in hearing how it worked out.
    1. SCGardenGirl's Avatar
      SCGardenGirl -
      I save all of my empty toilet paper rollers along with my Paper Towel's. Works like a charm.
    1. Kiley's Avatar
      Kiley -
      Bought coir pots to start seeds in this winter. Wish I had read this article sooner! Terrific idea! Thanks!
    1. blynn's Avatar
      blynn -

      This is a GREAT idea. other than using these for small kiddo "telescopes" and starting fires, I had not much use for these.
    1. monnalu's Avatar
      monnalu -
      I've been wondering what to do with all my paper towel and toilet paper rolls, My granddaughter has made enough bird feeders for a lifetime and we all have desk top organizers with the tubes and shoeboxes. This is great.
    1. hetzlerk's Avatar
      hetzlerk -
      Absolutely a great idea. Can't wait to try it this season.
    1. Karen11's Avatar
      Karen11 -
      Just starting to plan my garden for this growing season now will not have to buy starter containers.
    1. lizzicat101's Avatar
      lizzicat101 -
      This sounds great need to get started
    1. SnoDov's Avatar
      SnoDov -
      I attempted to do this for this years growing season and I have to say I need to re-think this IF I ever do this again. In my case I used tp cores, setting them up in old bread pans. Well, upon attempting to remove them for planting, the cores fell apart!! The litterally unwound

      So what then do you do, or how do you go about, keeping the cores from doing this, rubberbands? The seeds *must be watered, therefore, impossible to prevent them from coming unglued...

      Any suggestions?
    1. MKaykes's Avatar
      MKaykes -
      Awesome idea! I'm definitely going to try this!
    1. Ayngel's Avatar
      Ayngel -
      You might also check with local nurseries to see if they have anything (chipped pots, bags of fertilizer, mulch, potting soil... with holes in it, etc...) they can't sell that they would be willing to donate or sell at a steep discount...
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