Sustainable Seed Straters 101.

Last year a couple of friends and I got together in mid February to start our seeds for the spring planting season. Seed Starting 2013

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.Prep for seed starting

I measure for my strips marking at 3-3/4″ and 7-1/2″ across the sheet.Sustainable seed starters 1This will give me three strips (3-3/4″ x 22″) per sheet.

 Using my marks as guides, I draw out my two cut lines . . .Sustainable seed starters 3

 

 

 

 

. . .and cut.Sustainable seed starters 4a

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrap the strip around the t. paste can starting about 3/4″ from the edge of the can,Sustainable seed starters 4b

 

 

 

 

leaving 1-1/4″ to fold in.Sustainable seed starters 5a

 

 

 

 

 

To make the bottom, beginning where your strip ended, fold the extended paper (4-5 folds) around the bottom of the can. Sustainable seed starters 5b

Slide the pot off the can and place it in a tray.Sustainable seed starters 9

We use the 21″x11″ trays you find at the local garden shops.Sustainable seed starters 10As 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.Sustainable seed starters 11

2 thoughts on “Sustainable Seed Straters 101.

  1. Did you do those last year? See you tomorrow! 🙂

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