Make Newspaper Pots
In No Guff Vegetable Gardening we tell readers that there’s no need to spend a lot of money on supplies for starting vegetable transplants indoors.
Steve sometimes uses toilet paper rolls…Donna is aghast at the thought. Below you’ll see how you can use a toilet paper roll to make newspaper pots.
The idea of using newspaper to make pots is attractive for two reasons:
- You can make inexpensive pots that cost nothing more than the newspaper and your time
- Newspaper breaks down in the soil, so these pots can be set directly in the soil, making transplanting less disruptive to plants
- Toilet paper rolls are usually about 10 cm (4 inches) deep
- An appropriate pot depth for most small seedlings is about 5 cm (2 inches), which is about half of the depth of the roll
- You can make a pot that is one thickness of paper, but more than that is better as it will hold up better during handling
- A toilet paper roll is suited to making these pots because it is hollow (you’ll understand why after making the pots
- Tear newspaper into strips roughly 20 cm (8 inches) wide
- Fold into two
- You now have a strip that is about 10 cm (4 inches) wide
- Roll this strip around the bottom half of the toilet paper roll, which should leave about 5 cm (2 inches) overhanging the roll
- Now push this overhanging paper into the inside of the roll to form the bottom of the pot
- Slide out the toilet paper roll
- The paper you pushed into the roll will flatten down when you add potting mix.
Steve says: Donna, are you squeamish about these pots—or do you think you can cope with toilet paper rolls used this way?
Donna says: It works for me!
Garden Coaches Chat: No Guff. Lots of fun.
Donna Balzer and Steven Biggs