Last year a couple of friends and I got together in mid February to start our seeds for the spring planting season.
I know . . . WAY too early, but we had cabin fever and I was anxious to see how starting my seeds in our solarium would turn out.
Yup way too early, but my experiment with newspaper starter pots was a success. This year we have added another member to our “seed starters” and have held off a month. It may still be a bit early, but we are gathering this weekend so I need to get busy.
I love these starter pots since they are bio-degradable, easy to make, and very inexpensive. If your thinking of starting your own seeds this year, rather than purchasing peat pots, you may want to give this a try.
You will need newspaper (opened my sheet is about 22″x11″), ruler, pencil, scissors, small cylinder (I find a 6 oz. tomato past can works well), tray for your seedlings. I’ve gathered my tools and supplies now it’s onto the work room.
I measure for my strips marking at 3-3/4″ and 7-1/2″ across the sheet.This will give me three strips (3-3/4″ x 22″) per sheet.
Using my marks as guides, I draw out my two cut lines . . .
. . .and cut.
Wrap the strip around the t. paste can starting about 3/4″ from the edge of the can,
leaving 1-1/4″ to fold in.
To make the bottom, beginning where your strip ended, fold the extended paper (4-5 folds) around the bottom of the can.
Slide the pot off the can and place it in a tray.
We use the 21″x11″ trays you find at the local garden shops.As you can see from the picture, the tray has holes for drainage so we nest this into a solid tray.
Well . ..with one tray done and two more to fill, I better get busy if I want to be ready for our seed starting session.