Monday, April 16, 2012

The Dirt: newspaper seedling pots

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A few weeks ago I posted about my DIY tomato cages made from branches. You can see how I made them here. I’m still working on my spring garden and want to plant some herbs to go with my tomatoes.

I’m going to start the herbs in pots and then transfer them to the garden once I clear out {uh, weed} an area. I was intrigued with newspaper starter pots that I had seen around various websites and wanted to give them a try.

The nice thing about newspaper starter pots is that once the plant is large enough to be transplanted, you just plant the entire paper pot in the ground. You can rip the bottom open a bit so the roots easily spread out. Your plant will be protected until the newspaper breaks down and composts.

To make these newspaper pots, you’ll need:
  • Newspaper
  • Masking Tape
  • Optional: paper for labels and scraps of fabric
I found a nice, easy to follow tutorial here. I added little labels that I cut out on my Cricut and stamped with the herb names. I also reinforced each pot with a little scrap of fabric.

Once your pots are done, fill them with potting soil and add your seeds or little starter plants.

The pots are sitting on a bed of pebbles and paper shreds in this galvanized container.

Now I just have to buy the herb plants, clear out an area of the garden and get ready for some delicious fresh herbs.

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  1. Your newspaper pots are the cutest that I've ever seen. I love your added touch of the scrape fabric and labels.

    1. BTW-I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award today. When you get a chance please stop by my blog to read about it. Thanks

  2. ok..not only is that super clever and resourceful..they are adorable too!! Love it! ;)

  3. These are so pretty Carolyn! Great use for tp rolls too! Malia

  4. Love s idea! It's so neat and unique!

  5. What a cool idea - I've never seen these before!! I might have to try this - and of course I'll use your tip for adding some scrap fabric since I have just a little of that laying about. Your garden is going to be so gorgeous this year!

  6. I love using newspaper pots, I use them every year now for starting off out peas. It can get a bit tedious when you need to make 350 of them though lol

  7. I love this idea! I did it yesterday :). I also love the labels you created for them.

    Mrs. Delightful

  8. These are great Carolyn, thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  9. What a sup"herb" way to start your herbs ( OK I just couldn't help myself!) Truly genius.

  10. I really need to get on this! Every year my boyfriend and I want to plant herbs, and we do, but because we don't start them inside first, they never do very well.

  11. Hiya babe. Just to let you know, I featured this on my blog this morning. I would be thrilled if you could check it out :)

    Adele @ Mammy Made

  12. This is amazing! Thank you very much for sharing.

  13. The tag and ribbon give the simple pots your signature elegant style! Love them! Pinning!


  14. Love these pots! I've shared them today on my weekly features at Sew Woodsy!


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