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Make Your Own Biodegradable Seed-Starting Pots

By Jessica Kellner

Tags: Biodegradable Seed Pots, Biodegradable Seed Starting Pots, DIY Seed Pots, Newspaper Seed Pots, Newspaper Plant Pots, DIY Planting Pots, Eggshell Seed Pots, Grow Seedlings In Eggshells, Jessica Kellner, Natural Home Living,

'Tis the season to start garden seeds indoors! We can save tons of money by starting garden seeds indoors to transplant into our spring gardens. Most seeds require a few weeks to grow before it's time to set them out. Considering we're a few weeks out from the last spring frost date in many parts of the country, now's the time to start those early seeds.

Seed StartingThis morning I went on the news here at one of our local stations (you can watch the video here) to talk about starting a spring garden. I shared the information about starting seeds indoors from the current issue of Natural Home and Garden — which provides a planting guide worksheet that will tell you when to start seeds and plant seedlings all season long (read the article to learn how to use it). On the news show, I also talked about using biodegradable seed-starting pots. I didn't have time to discuss or demonstrate this in the 3-minute news segment, but another very cheap and easy way to use biodegradable seed-starting pots is to make them yourself out of newspaper.

Making a newspaper seed-starting pot is unbelievably easy. Essentially, you just fold a piece of newspaper in half, roll it around a soda can and then tuck in the ends on one side to form a bottom. Voila! Instant, plantable seed-starting pot. Blogger Mr. Brown Thumb gives more detailed instructions on his blog here, as well as instructions to create seed-starting pots out of old cardboard toilet paper rolls.

If you want to make a bit more sophisticated newspaper pots, you can buy the handy dandy seed-pot maker from Uncommon Goods, which is pictured.   

Need another adorable seed-starting pot option (and one that's a great craft to do with kids and will also provide you with omelet makings)? Make eggshell starter pots we featured a few years ago. We wrote the article about growing herbs, but you can start any seeds in eggshells then plant them directly into the ground.