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Newspaper Seed Starting Pots
Time to get a head start on that garden! Every good gardener needs seed starting pots for spring. So...

Welcome to the Newspaper Seed Starting Pots Tutorial! Save money and be kind to the earth by recycling old newspapers into biodegradable pots. You can also reduce transplanting shock to your seedlings by leaving them in the pots at planting time - the pots will break down harmlessly in your garden soil! What you need:

old newspapers (Colored newsprint may contain petroleum based ink. Soya based colored ink is fine. Check with the publisher or use only black and white sheets for your pots if you are unsure.) a can with a circumference equal to that which you want for your finished seed starting pots. tape for stabilizing side seam and bottom creases (optional) (Please Note: Clicking on any of the tutorial images will open a larger photo in a new window.) For this tutorial I used a weekly publication that has 1 of 5 sheets 2/18/08 3:51 PM

Meanderfly Creative (Please Note: Clicking on any of the tutorial images will open a larger photo in a new window.) For this tutorial I used a weekly publication that has sheets somewhat smaller than those of a standard daily newspaper, but the principle is the same for full-sized sheets. Step 1. - Open your newspaper sheet out fully, as shown below:

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Step 2. - Fold the sheet in half, from top to bottom.

Step 3. - Then fold it in half again, from top to bottom. You should now have a long narrow strip that is a suitable depth for your pot, plus the ends that will be folded in for the bottom.

Step 4. - Now you need that can. I used a 5.5 ounce tomato paste can for an average-sized seed starting pot. If your plant will be spending a longer time in the pot, or if it has rapid rate of growth, use a larger can and full-sized newspaper sheets.

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Step 5. - Lay your can on its side, on the newspaper, leaving enough overhang to fold in and make a bottom for your pot.

Step 6. - Now starting at one end, roll the newspaper strip, snugly around the can. Don't wrap it too tight or it won't slide out easily when you are done.

Step 7. - Continue rolling the can in the paper until it is at the end. If desired you can secure the end with a small piece of tape to make it easier to handle.

Step 8. - Then fold in the paper that extends past the bottom of the can. Stand the can on a hard surface and press down on it fairly hard, while twisting the can back and forth. This will set the bottom creases of the newspaper pot. Below is a shot of a finished pot on its 3 of 5 side. 2/18/08 3:51 PM

bottom of the can. Stand the can on a hard surface Meanderfly Creativepress down on it fairly hard, while twisting the can and back and forth. This will set the bottom creases of the newspaper pot. Below is a shot of a finished pot on its side.

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Step 9. - Here is a shot of the pot from the bottom. Place a small piece of tape along the edge to keep it from unrolling. You can also tape the bottom if desired, but when the pots are filled with soil and placed in a tray they will hold their shape, even without tape.

Step 10. - Time to admire your work! Ta dah! A beautiful, biodegradable, newspaper seed starting pot. Environmentally friendly gardening at its best.

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All that's left is to fill it with a good seed starting medium. Gardening Joy! And what makes a good seed starting medium? Read all about it next time, I will even include a couple of recipes for mixing your own seed starting soil.

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