As I mentioned in Saturday’s article, one of my favorite containers for seedlings is a newspaper pot I make myself.
Newspaper pots are just good, all the way around. They’re biodegradeable, and can be placed right into your garden, without repotting or disturbing the plant. As the newspaper breaks down, it nourishes your soil.
Surprisingly, the pot holds up to watering on your windowsill very well. I’ve never had a pot break down before I planted it in my garden. Once there, though, it breaks down very quickly.
While it’s on your windowsill, roots will grow right through the paper, so you never need to worry about stunting the growth of your seedling because the roots are cramped.
You can find directions online for making these, and you don’t have to have anything special. I did buy a wooden mold, though, to make mine, and I think it was a very good purchase. With the mold, you don’t need to use glue or tape to hold the bottom of the pot together. The mold is made out of wood and comes in two pieces.
To make a pot, you just cut a strip of newspaper, wrap it around the mold, fold over the bottom, then give the bottom of the mold a firm twist. I’ve made these for years and usually pick an evening in front of the TV to crank them out. I can make about 50 pots in an hour.
Best part of newspaper pots? At the end of seed-starting time, there’s nothing to store! No containers to clean, and no need to find room for anything except this little wooden mold.
One of the first articles I wrote for The Roanoke Times was on newspaper pots, so if you’d like to learn more, check it out.