How To: Start a Seed with a Biodegradable Pot

There is something incredibly exciting about watching a seed grow. From planting in the soil to seeing the first green sprouts poke out, everyone loves the feeling of success that comes with helping a seed come out of its shell.

A seed doesn’t need much to start. A container to hold it, a bit of soil, some water and light will make it perfectly happy. But where will you get containers for an entire class? A great way is to make seed pots out of newspaper! These biodegradable pots help protect the seed as it grows. Seedlings can then be transplanted outside once they are stronger. The pot, along with its seedling, can be placed in the ground. As the plant grows, the pot will decompose in the soil.

To start a seed indoors, you will need:

  • Seeds
  • Soil
  • Newspaper
  • Toilet paper rolls

To make the seedling pot:

  • Cut newspaper into 12x22 cm rectangles.
  • Lay the toilet paper roll along the short side of the newspaper rectangle.
  • Roll the newspaper around the roll. Slide the newspaper so that it overhangs the roll about 20 cm.
  • Fold the overhanging newspaper up inside the toilet paper roll, overlapping it or twisting it to create the "bottom" of the pot.
  • Grip the paper in one hand and the roll in the other. Gently twist the paper pot off the roll.
  • Fold over the top newspaper flap to ‘lock’ the top rim of the pot.

To plant the seed:

  • Fill the paper or egg carton pot with moist soil.
  • Plant a seed in the soil (check the seed packet for suggested depth).
  • Once the shoot has pushed through the soil, the seedling, soil and biodegradable pot can be placed into a bigger pot with more soil, or into a garden.