This is my first instructable so I would appreciate any and all feedback.
If you frequent the green section on instructables you will likely find many biodegradable seed starter options. This is an adaptation of another similar seed starter idea www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-organic-planting-pots-using-old-newspa/
The main difference is that the ones I have created are much smaller and more convenient for small jobs (they also keep you from having to use very much soil to germinate the seeds).
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Step 1: Materials
For this project you will need:
Toilet Paper Roll (all used up - just the cardboard)
Potting Soil (seed starting soil works best)
Step 2: Measuring the Paper
You will need to trim the paper to a specified size. To do this I just use my hands and tear it; if you are a perfectionist you may want some scissors.
First you will tear the newspaper in half (at the fold) leaving you with about 12" of width. (pic 1)
Measure out the length of the toilet paper roll and tear horizontally - scissors here for perfectionists though I promise it will be okay if it is a little off. (pic 2)
Step 3: Forming the Pot
Its time to form our pot
Roll the newspaper around the toilet paper roll leaving about 1" overhanging.
Fold up the overhanging portion into the opening of the TP roll.
Write the type of seed you will be planting in this container.
Carefully slide the newspaper off.
Step 4: Planting the Seeds
Once you have made your mini-pot you must now make something grow inside of it.
Fill pot 1/2 of the way full
Place desired number of seeds in (typically 1 - 3 depending on plant)
Fill in with soil leaving about 1/2" empty with no soil.
Step 5: Finishing Up
Make and fill as many as you see fit for your spring project.
Place all mini-pots together for best results.
Place in sunlit area and water frequently.
Transplant into pots or ground when suggested by seed packet.