Newspaper Seed Pots

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Make Seed pots with old newspaper


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You only need three basic materials: newspapers, scissors, and a small can. For seedlings, I find that a six-ounce can (the kind that tomato paste usually comes in) is the perfect size. A soda can also works well, or even a drinking glass.
Grab two pages of newspaper (so you have a four-sheet stack). Cut them into thirds lengthwise.
Place your can on the newspaper and leave about an inch hanging off the end. Roll the can along the newspaper until it’s loosely wrapped all the way around. (Loose being key for easy removal of the can later.)

Fold the edge of the newspaper down over the can, and work your way around until all the edges are folded over firmly. They don’t have to be perfect; you can just smash the paper down with your fingers. It’s also fine if there is a small hole where the folds meet in the middle — that just provides extra drainage.
Flip the can right side up. I like to press the can down on the folds to really crease the edges against the bottom of the can.

Slide the can out and you’ve got a thrifty and biodegradable seedling pot! Don’t worry if it seems like the pot is flimsy or unraveling, especially at the bottom. Once filled with seed starting mix and moistened, the pot is surprisingly sturdy and holds it shape well.


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