Gardening On The Cheap: Newspaper Pots

This really isn’t because we are cheap as much as it is we couldn’t find the larger peat pots we wanted.  So when you can’t find something you need – you improvise.  Yup, we had seen this a few times on other sites (and for the life of me – I can’t remember where) – so we figured why not.  Using newspaper to make pots for your plants (until you transplant), a great idea right? Recycling & being frugal at the same time.

We are trying to be as green as possible.  So it works.

So here are a few of the pots waiting for some vegetable love.

Using Newspaper to make pots.

It really wasn’t hard – I think we could video tape it and show you in about 5 min (total production time, upload & everything – not the video taking 5 minutes itself… geeze – that would be boring).  They should be just as solid as peat pots (maybe not 100% as solid, but still), and shouldn’t be too bad for draining – figure it will suck some water up. 

We went ahead and potted up a few peppers & tomatoes to try them out – they seemed to work great.

Plants in newspaper pots

Not bad right?  We made about 12 or so – figure that one sunday paper is $1.50… that isn’t bad at all.  This is just until we have our tomatoes & peppers completely hardened off and can transplant into the raised beds.  Or until we give them away to folks.  Shouldn’t be long.

Would a video be helpful?  Anyone want us to do that? We provide for the people…  you didn’t know?

6 thoughts on “Gardening On The Cheap: Newspaper Pots”

  1. This is an excellent tip!

    You don’t need to remove the plants from their paper pots when you transplant so you won’t disturb their roots. Also no need for nasty plastic pots to be manufactured, this has got to be greener fot the garden!

  2. Please, can you make a video or at least give us the instructions on how to do this? I found a website awhile back that had instructions on making square pots out of newspaper, but the instructions were incomplete and it was actually quite complicated. Also, their pots were quite large and therefore difficult to handle (the word “floppy” comes to mind). Yours look much sturdier and I like that they are round. Thanks in advance, and I LOVE your website!

  3. @Happy Gardener – you are right -you can pop the bottom out of these guys and set them right in place. Simple & Organic!

    @Teresa Cansell – You ask… and you shall receive. We will make it simple. Ours are big, probably 4-5 inches across – but you could make them smaller if you want. Give us tonight to get it thrown together. Then check back with us… and THANKS for stopping by!

  4. I’d love a video, or brief instructions with “how to fold” diagram? I need these! I’m outta pots for my seeds/seedlings and really don’t want to buy any. Thx!

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