It's always fun to see the resourcefulness of gardeners, at our annual plant swap. They plant in yogurt cups, egg trays, toilet paper rolls, juice boxes and ice cream cartons. One guy I knew had an obvious soft spot for a certain fast food chili; dozens of his seedlings were in their used paper bowls. Well you don't have to clean out the fridge to get your seeds started on the cheap.
Many years ago, my father and I decided to try our hands at making newspaper pots. It worked out really well, except for a handful of seedlings whose roots grew out the bottom and got intertwined. Paper pots are easy to make with materials you already have on hand and the pots will decompose quickly in the garden. Nothing to store. Interested?
Photo: © Marie Iannotti