Starting seeds in newspaper pots

It’s May 2-4 weekend in Canada!  Woohoo!

Named “May two-four” not for the date itself, but because it’s the first long weekend of summer and if you are young (or can handle a hangover) then a 24 case of beer is in order.  I’m neither young, nor can I handle a hangover, so I’m spending part of my long weekend in the garden – planting the seeds I started in these simple newspaper pots.

Honey Nut Cheerios has/had a promotion going to plant 300 million wildflowers in Canada this summer in an effort to #bringbackthebees.  If you go to their website (Canadians only, sorry) they’ll mail you a free package of wildflower sees for you to plant.

You know I have to save the bees.

To give my little wildflowers a fighting chance, I started them inside a few weeks ago in these simple newspaper pots.

All you have to do is wrap a drinking glass with a sheet or two of newspaper, rim of the glass at the top edge;

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pull tight and then fold down the bottom over the glass base.

Starting seeds in newspaper pots, planting seeds, biodegradable pots, plantable pots

Pull the glass out and fold the upper edges of your newspaper pots over to help it keep its shape.

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Fill with quality potting soil and plant your seeds!

Starting seeds in newspaper pots, planting seeds, biodegradable pots, plantable pots

I kept my little wildflower seeds on this tray and sprayed them daily with a bit of water.  The newspaper gets soft, but does not fall apart.

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Starting seeds in newspaper pots helps with recycling, but it also helps your little plants to get a fighting chance when they are ready to go in the garden….

because you can plant them pot and all!

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We have this little garden behind our yard and it’s over-run with cedar roots.  Not only that, but the soil there has a lot of clay, so seedlings really wouldn’t be able to make much of a go of it.  By planting my newspaper pots, the wildflower seeds can continue to grow in the quality topsoil (without cedar roots getting in) and will eventually become strong enough to break through the decomposing newspaper.

Starting seeds in newspaper pots, planting seeds, biodegradable pots, plantable pots

I have no idea what wildflower seedlings look like, so I’ve either planted a variety of them, or perhaps I’ve just grown weeds in my newspaper pots.

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Regardless, it was worth the (minimal) effort to #bringbackthebees.

Starting seeds in newspaper pots, planting seeds, biodegradable pots, plantable pots

Hopefully something pretty will grow next to our (deceased) fur-babies, Milo and Phoebe.

Thanks Honey Nut Cheerios and Veseys seeds – your efforts have not gone unsupported!

Have a great one!

 

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2018-06-18T13:38:22+00:00May 19th, 2018|REPURPOSE|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Snarkfarkle May 20, 2018 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    May two-four? 24 case of beer? Wow, that’s so disrespectful. The holiday is actually Victoria Day, a celebration of the birthday of Queen Victoria, who was deemed the “Mother of Confederation” of Canada. *smh* No wonder this country is circling the drain!

    • Shelly @ 100Things2Do.ca May 23, 2018 at 9:32 am - Reply

      I’m not sure we live in the same country? Canada is ranked #3 in the world – regardless of the fact that some (which may be regional and demographical) call it May 2-4. You say tomato, I say tomato.

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