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How to Make Newspaper Seed Pots

Learn how to make eco-friendly seeding pots and start prepping your seeds for planting season.

Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK BooksDorling Kindersley
Tray of newspaper Pots Ready to Plant in GroundDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

If you can start early in the spring when the weather is still cold, choose your seeds and begin the germination process indoors by using these newspaper seed pots.

Materials Needed:

  • seeds
  • newspaper
  • a glass
  • soil

1. Create the Paper Pot

Take a page from a newspaper or comic strip. Fold over one long edge, twice (Image 1). Roll the paper around a glass.

Fold the overlapping end of the tube inside the glass. This will become the base (Image 2). Slide the paper off the glass.

Look inside the tube. Fold down the overlapping ends to make a base. Use the glass to flatten the base against a table (Image 3).

  • Folding Comics for Making Newspaper Seed PotDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
  • Fold Ends of Comic paper to Form Seed Pot BaseDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
  • Glass Used to Flatten Base of Newspaper Seed PotDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2. Sow the Seeds

Fill the pot with soil. It is now ready for sowing the seeds.

Newspaper Seed Pots Filled with Potting SoilDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

3. Plant the Seedlings in the Ground

Wait for planting season. Once the weather is warmer outside, the seedlings can be planted in their newspaper pots directly into the soil, without disturbing the roots. The newspaper pots will disintegrate when planted in the ground.

Tray of newspaper Pots Ready to Plant in GroundDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books

2010

Dorling Kindersley

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