- Step 1: Lay out newspaper Spread out the newspaper and lay it flat. Then fold it horizontally, and then vertically. Cut or tear the result into 5-inch strips, which will comprise the pots.
- TIP: Avoid using the shiny, colored newspaper pages, which are toxic.
- Step 2: Roll strips Roll the strips around a tall spray paint can or salad dressing jar with a concave bottom, allowing 2 inches of paper to overlap the bottom of the can or jar as you roll it up.
- Step 3: Fold, tamp Fold the hanging edge of the paper inward, two or three times, packing it to form the bottom for the pot. Tamp the form on a stable surface several times to set the bottom.
- Step 4: Place wrappers on tray Place the wrapped container on the solid plastic tray. To reduce its chances of opening and falling apart, leave the bottom of the tray damp.
- TIP: Poke holes in the bottom of the tray to allow water to drain.
- Step 5: Pull out can or jar Pull out the can or jar, leaving the shaped paper. Fill your new pot with soil.
- Step 6: Plant seeds Plant seeds into the pot according to package directions. When you transplant the young shoots, you can plant the newspaper pot, which will break down over time.
- FACT: At the end of 2009, four companies controlled 50 percent of the world's seed stock.
You Will Need
- Spray can or salad dressing jar
- Solid plastic food tray