BIODEGRADABLE POTS to MAKE at HOME
Planning on starting seedlings? Then why not start them in biodegradable pots? Plus you can just plant out your seedlings in the garden when they are ready. Finally, since we are using little biodegradable pots and we have all sorts of organic material in our everyday trash production, we ought to just make our own pots using that.
Starting seedlings like this are just way better. They can be planted out in the garden without having to remove them from their pots and disturb those fragile young roots. The pot will then decompose right in place, often attracting earthworms, which are always squirming around for a snack. As the pot weakens in the ground, the plant’s roots will be getting stronger and bust through the sides.
Even better, the plants get all of those benefits, and we haven’t created any waste in the meantime.
In fact, we’ve creatively used our garbage for the forces of good. Check out these simple and effective options for DIY biodegradable pots.
Biodegradable Pots to Make @ Home
1. The Newspaper Pot
2. The Toilet Roll
3. Egg Carton Pots
4. Paper Cups/Cones
5. Fruit Rind Halves
6. Cardboard Boxes
1 Newspaper pots.
Making newspaper pots is an inexpensive way to make pots for your seeds and seedlings. Make them, plant seeds in them, and once they are big enough to withstand the outside elements, simply plant them whole into the garden. The newspaper will eventually rot down in time for the roots of the plant to spread into the soil.
The Toilet Roll
Fold the roll into a square.
Fold the roll in half one way. Then, fold it in half the other way, making sure the creases from the last fold line up and you have a square!
Cut the roll in half. – Cut the roll into two parts.
Cut out the flaps. – Fold the roll in half one way and make a 2cm cut, then fold the roll in half the other way and make another 2cm cut. You should have 4 cuts in total on the bottom of your roll. Repeat this step on the other roll.
Crease the flaps.
Fold and unfold all of your flaps. This is to establish a flat, even, square bottom of the pot. Repeat this step on the other roll.
Fold the flaps cardboard box style. – Fold the first three flaps down, overlapping each other. Fold the bottom flap down first, then fold the left flap down, overlapping the bottom flap, then fold the top flap down, overlapping the left flap. Now here’s the tricky part. Fold the right flap under the bottom flap and over the top flap. This holds the pot together. Repeat this step on the other pot.
Plant. – You’re now done with your two biodegradable pots and can add potting soil and sow your seeds. You can even make an army of pots
EGG CARTON POTS
Cardboard egg cartons can be used to start a dozen seedlings, and then cut apart to plant each one when it’s time to plant them in the garden. As with newspaper seedling pots, there’s no need to remove the plants from the pots before planting, as the cardboard will break down in the soil as the plant grows.
If you regularly get coffee or tea in a paper to-go cup (because you keep forgetting your reusable mug, of course), or can raid the office trash or recycle bin for these, they make great seedling pots as well. Be sure to punch some small drainage holes in the bottom, and when you’re ready to plant them in the garden, you can pull off the bottom of the cup and plant the rest, or remove it entirely and add the old cup to your compost pile.
There are coffee cups which can be composted but be aware that some, because they have a plastic lining are not compostable. Personally, I do not use this method anymore and take a refillable cup with myself when I go out because I cannot guarantee that I will be supplied with the newest coffee cups.
FRUIT RIND HALVES
With a little forethought, citrus fruits like mandarins and lemons (especially when juiced) and avocados can make perfect seedling cups. Just be sure to cut them in half so that the two pieces of rind are well suited to hold enough soil for seeds to get going. Then, by the time the rinds get a little questionable, the plants — pots and all — can go into the ground.
Remember snail and slugs may like beer but citrus works just as well at repelling these little blighters.
Cardboard boxes can also make pretty good starter pots, especially when the soil is abundant or the seed being started needs a little more space for its roots to spread, such as with a small fruit variety or quick-growing tree. The concern here will be the box falling apart before the plants are ready to go in the ground, but with some careful management, these can make dandy plant starters or temporary planters that are a bit more durable. Also, be sure to remove any tape as it isn’t biodegradable.