Repurposed Newspaper Seedling Planter
This year I decided I wanted to create some kind of seedling planters that could be placed right in the ground with the starts. It seems like the tiny seed holders that I normally use just aren't big enough to let the seed get started properly and when I dig out the starts and put them in the hard South Dakota soil they fail because they are taken out of their nice soft home.
So here's how I created some new seedling holders that I'm excited to use!
Take a section of newspaper and fold it in half. (Or thirds, just depends on the paper.)
Wrap it around a jar, can, or other object or similar size. Make sure to leave at least an inch of paper at the bottom of the jar to make your bottom.
Secure with tape.
Fold up the ends of the newspaper to create a bottom on your holder and secure with a piece of tape.
Pull off the can. Fill with dirt and plant your seeds! When it's time to plant in the garden just stick the whole thing right in the ground.
Since I've made these little planters I've gotten a few questions about using them.....
Do they get moldy?
If you live in a high humidity area and keep your seedlings very moist this may not work for you as they could get moldy after a while.
What about the toxins in the paper, ink, etc?
There can be toxins in everything, from the potting soil you use to the plastic containers you keep your plants in. Any toxins released into the soil around your plant from the newspaper would be minimal and not really worth worrying about, however if it's something that concerns you greatly you might want to check out an alternative like Coco Pots.
Do they leak and do you need to use a tray?
Yes, the paper will get damp so they will "leak". We just use a seedling tray under the pots and it holds them together nicely in case we need to move them!
Do you need to remove the tape when planting?
No, just make sure you use masking tape so it will decompose in the soil.
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