My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

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My Garden ~ making paper pots for transplanting seedlings


Years ago, an elderly neighbour showed me how he transplanted seedlings into the garden in paper pots that he’d made. There was, he claimed, less shock to the root system. The young plant is established in the paper pot with seedling mix before being transplanted into the garden. I leave a cuff to act as a mini-barrier from the wind.

Paper pot  Fold one sheet of newspaper to make an organic seedling planter.

Paper planter pot Interleave one edge into opposite fold to form a cylindrical shape

Paper planter pot Press inner fold down to form base

Paper planter pot Outer view of finished base

Paper pot Fold top 1/3  inside pot

Paper pot Finished seedling paper pot ready to fill.

Seedling in paper pot Zucchini seedling sown about 10 days ago in moistened paper pot. Leave space to act as a cuff to protect the young plant.

The same neighbour also spread seeds onto dampened paper strips. He covered the seeds with another strip of dampened paper. He then laid the seeded paper on damp seedling mix.

Author: Jenny

A few years ago when I began blogging, I was in awe of the creative, the witty, the informative, the insightful posts by writers on WordPress. I was challenged by my son to write, to set up a blog, to expand my garden diary scribblings. Never did I think from scratching and grubbing in my garden dirt would sprout words of reflection, thoughts about life lived as I know it. My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I do put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. Always, there's something to write or chat about life lived as I know it. I have a certain sense of amazement that my blogging community is expanding. In a previous life, I once was a teacher. A four-walled classroom is an artificial construct. When thirty or so teenagers with diverse learning needs filled the space, the more I listened, the more I observed my students, the more I learned. They had stories to tell, to write of things that interested them. Luckily for me we embarked on amazing journeys of discovery and learned together. Some say a lifestyle block is a no-lifestyle block. We like being able to grow seasonal food, to enjoy fresh air and open space. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older stage of our life together, but family commitments continue. And so it another phase of discovery happens as I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and a menagerie of living creatures who rule the roost.

10 thoughts on “My Garden ~ making paper pots for transplanting seedlings

  1. Thank you for the step by step instructions!

    It is getting closer to the time I will be putting seeds from last year’s garden to work growing. I will try your method out!

  2. Do you transplant the whole thing pot and all? I have used this method before. I also use toilet roll tubes in the same way

  3. I transplant paper pot and all. I agree toilet roll tubes work in the same way. A 500ml milk carton with its top opened and base cut off is also useful.

  4. I’ve tried this before Jenny but couldnt get it to work, now using toilet roll tubes instead.
    Thanks for the instructions im gonna give it ago, as I read more papers than I use toilet rolls!

    Thanks for the great tip!

  5. There is a commercial product for making pots out of newspaper. A “homemade” version would involve a jam jar, just rolling some paper round a jar, tucking the bottom to make a base. I find that toilet rolls are a bit thick and go mouldy quicker.
    You plant the whole thing in the ground. Newspaper printer ink is a lot more environmentally friendly these days.
    The laying of seeds between sheets of newspaper remind me of “seed tapes”. Use say flour&water to make a paste – stick this on some paper and then evenly spread out your seeds. Then, when you want to sow out, place the paper on the ground and deal with as normal. You can cut the paper into strips if you grow more in rows than “beds”.

  6. Hi, Multiveg. I haven’t heard of using the flour and water paste before and will defnitely try it when I next sow seeds for our winter veges.
    Thanks for the idea.
    Cheers, Jenny.

  7. loved the reminder of the paper pots. remembered when my grandmother made them thank you from chicago,il.

  8. Pingback: Planting with Paper Pots : EcoLocalizer

  9. Thanks Jenny. I am hearing of this first time, but I will definitely try out, as it is another place where I can reduce usage of plastic. Glad to know there are many more environment-friendy methods to learn. Keep sharing. Bangalore,India.

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