Saturday, February 04, 2012


Even though it's been a pretty Spring-like Winter this year, I don't want to be fooled into putting the garden in too early and then be badly surprised by a late Winter cold snap.

But today was just so nice out there, I got the itch to get started.

I saw this idea a couple of months ago while Blog -hopping, to make my own seedling pots using old newspapers.

I cut the newspaper in half, and folded it into thirds.

Then I wrapped it around the soup can, and secured the edge with tape.

Next, fold up the bottom and secure with tape.

Slip the "pot" off the soup can.

Fill with soil (in our case, soil from our compost pile).

I haven't added seeds and water yet, because I'm not sure if it's still too early yet or not.

When I do get plants and get ready to put them in the ground, we'll just put the whole newspaper -pot and all in the ground, and not have to worry about tearing the plant from it's roots pulling it from the little plastic cups we usually do sprouting in.  We have lost a few plants in the past on account of that. The newspaper will bio-degrade, and make a good mulch in the meantime.


Trina said...

What a GREAT idea! I love it and will probably steal it!! :D

Melissa said...

I know, I was so excited when I first saw the idea. I thought I was doing good keeping all the little plastic containers and re-using them. But this is way better, the containers disappear altogether!

Steal away - I did :)

Amber said...

It is a great idea!! Perfect for teaching my little one about seeds!

Melissa said...

Amber did you see the idea about sprouting seeds in a clear CD case so kids can see it happen?

My kid sprouted some dried pinto beans in a ziplock baggie in 5th grade, but I thought the CD case idea was pretty cool.

Amber said...

OMG!!! You're timing is beyond perfect. I'm literally in the process of writing a lesson plan for one of my special needs kids on seeds....and I was looking for a way to do it so they could "see" the germination. It is also perfect for my preschooler too!

You are wonderful!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!

Melissa said...

Glad I could be of help :-)

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