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2/21/12

{Tutorial} Eco-Friendly Seed Pots


One of my goals for this month was to start an indoor herb garden
inspired by this and the hope of yummy fresh mint tea or herbs in dinner.

I decided I wanted to start the plants from seeds
and dude. . . it's so easy you can too.
{Don't judge me if the seeds never grow and the paper pots turn into a moldy mess}

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You will need:
: newspaper from your recycle bin
: a tin can to use as a mold
: a basket or crate to hold the pots
: dirt
: seeds
: water
some prayers for actual growth



Begin by cutting the papers into long strips.
Use a tin can as a mold to wrap several layers of paper around.
Crimp the button edge towards the center, creating a natural binding and bottom.

Place as many pots as you can make into your basket or crate.
Fill with potting dirt and plant herb seeds according to package directions.
Water them.  Love them.  Encourage their growth.
Enjoy fresh herbs from the comfort 
of your own kitchen*

*still waiting for this step to happen








The great thing about these is that you are not only saving money by not
purchasing mini seedling pots,
but you are also recycling paper in a great way.

When the seedlings are grown, you can easily transplant directly into your 
garden or larger pots.  The newspaper becomes a natural compost.

Soo o o o, basically you become an eco-friendly rock star.
Without even barely trying.
Booyah.

Heck. Before it's all over, I may just have to plant myself an entire garden with these things.
Then I could potentially become a kitchen rock star too . . .
or something.


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What plants, flowers or veggies would you start in these pots?!
xoxo

 {original idea and inspiration from this post}

13 comments:

  1. This is really great! I'm going to try making these.

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  2. This is awesome! I would have never thought that newspaper would hold well enough on its own for this - but what do you know, it does!

    Awesome DIY - and one that I might actually be able to manage myself :)

    xxx
    Jenna

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  3. I'm trying it. I'll let you know :)

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  4. That looks awesome! I totally would plant cilantro, dill, mint, and parsley.

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  5. Thanks for the comment I love your blog this is a GREAT post to cute!!

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  6. oh my gosh, this is the coolest thing ever! I've never even heard of an indoor mint garden! So cool :) I should totally try this!

    xo, Lulu

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  7. I have never seen this before! I love it! You made it look so cute too :)

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  8. Completely inspired to grow my own mint for tea now! Must...purchase...seeds...!!!

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  9. Top idea. I adore having herbs in the kitchen. You can just reach over & grab a handful when needed.
    {i love your post below too. Your writting is from the heart. Thats whats important.}
    happiness...
    dannelle@nestenterprises

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  10. pure genius you are!
    i love the fact that you made the JOANNs paper work. :) ya girl! CHMELARS CAN!
    ps. don't ever stop blogging... or you know what!
    love you!

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  11. You are a mastermind :) I use herb seeds and i think ill start using these seed pots and see if that makes my herb grow better... Thanks for the great post

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