Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Spring Distraction DIY: Newspaper Pots


Source: Urban Ecologist

Here's a fun little DIY project for getting some seeds started for growing this spring and summer: Newspaper Pots! All you need is some newspaper, masking tape (maybe even wash or deco tape?), and of course, soil and seeds!

  1. Cut a 6- by 14-inch strip of newspaper and wrap it around a water bottle (or a soda can or small glass), allowing 1 to 2 inches of paper to extend below the bottom of the bottle.
  2. Tape the raw newspaper edge to close.
  3. Fold the paper that extends below the bottom of the bottle and fold it in to the edges overlap and create a bottom for your pot. Tape this bottom seam and remove the pot format he bottle.
  4. Fold the top inch of paper down around the pot to make it sturdy.
  5. Fill the pot with potting soil, plant your seeds, and water lightly. Wait patiently for seeds to sprout!
  6. When your seedling is ready to plant, remove the tape from the side and bottom, and open up the bottom. Now you can plant the whole thing, pot and all, because the newspaper will decompose underground!
  7. Enjoy!

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