Post by Contributing Writer, Jill.
Even though it will be several more months before I have the chance to push seeds in our dark Wyoming soil, I can’t help but to have just the slightest twinge of spring fever. Thankfully, this year I am starting a variety of seeds indoors, so I am able to play in the dirt a little earlier than usual.
I love finding frugal, green options for everyday homestead needs. These simple paper pots are ideal since they are practically free to make and can be fashioned in seconds from items normally destined for the garbage can or compost pile.
In addition, these homemade pots can be placed directly into the soil. For me, this is a huge bonus, as I usually maim at least a couple seedlings when I’m attempting to transplant!
To make your own pots, you will need:
- A sturdy glass or cup (one with straight sides, not tapered, works the best)
- Tape (optional)
- A tray or pan that will hold your pots once they are filled with soil
I purchased several inexpensive foil pans with clear lids to hold my paper pots. The pans not only catch any excess water, but the lids will help to keep the seeds moist and warm. They can be reused year after year.
When the weather warms and it’s time to plant, place the entire pot into the ground and allow the newspaper to decompose naturally. No need to extract the seedling from the pot, which sometimes can damage the roots (and personally causes me much grief!).
Some other frugal materials that you can use for starting seeds:
- Toilet paper rolls- Cut four slits halfway up the roll, then fold in the flaps to make the pot’s bottom.
- Egg Cartons– Plant a seed in each hole, then cut the carton apart and place each section into the ground.
- Various repurposed plastic containers and cartons- Just be sure that the plastic is flexible enough to allow removal of the seedling, as you won’t be able to plant it directly into the ground.
So even though we are sure to have at least another blizzard or two, my seeds are purchased and my pots are ready. I suppose my spring fever has been appeased… At least for a little while!
Jill writes from the homestead she shares with her husband, baby daughter, and an ever-changing assortment of animals. When she’s not in the kitchen preparing traditional foods, you’ll find her outside riding her horses, growing vegetables, milking goats, and killing rattlesnakes. She shares homesteading tales and kitchen tips at her blog, The Prairie Homestead.
Looking for a good source for organic seeds? I filled my medicinal herb bed with seeds from Mountain Rose Herbs last year, with wonderful results!