For spring dreamers, starting seeds indoors allows you to start the growing season before planting them outdoors (where you have to wait until after the last frost). And some plants, such as some tender vegetables, are better off just starting indoors. With a lot of seeds in those small packets, finding enough containers can be a task. Instead of purchasing containers (or even using recycled plastic ones), try a simple technique to convert this newspaper into biodegradable pots that you can plant directly in your garden when appropriate to the circumstances (So do not disturb the roots of your seedling). Until then, enjoy the up-seed-sprouting show, which feels like a mini-miracle every year.
Read seed packets or do a little research into whether your seeds should be started indoors or outdoors, or even require any special treatment such as soaking, cooling, or scratching.
These utensils do not retain water as long as plastic utensils, so check on them at least once a day to make sure they have not dried.
Open or rip the bottoms of the bottoms just before placing them outside the pots or in a large container to allow root bottoms.
Can be minced (from tomato paste, for example) or straight-sided jar
Spray bottle or small bowl of water
Pencil or permanent marker (optional)
Sterile potting mix
Tray or baking sheet with lips (optional)
Cut the newspaper into strips so that they wrap at least one and a half times around you and are at least 1 inch longer than the can. (For tomato-paste you can use a bandage, which is four and a half inches wide and 12 inches long.)
Rotate the strip around the can, just enough that you will be able to slide it out.
While holding the rolled newspaper over the seam it is not uncontrolled, push the newspaper down from the edge, making four or five flaps to form a flat bottom.
Mist or dab leaves droplets of water over them to shield them to the bottom of the can. Once the paper pot starts to hold its shape, slide the can out and allow it to dry for a few hours.
Label the pots in pencil or permanent marker (or add a plant marker after planting).
Fill the pot with moist potting mix and sow the seeds according to the seed packet. Place them on a tray or baking sheet to allow water to drain.