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Subject: newspaper seedling pots
Date Posted: 9/13/2011 8:02 PM ET
Member Since: 4/23/2008
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Hi I am new to vegetable gardening and I would like to try to start some vegetable from seeds. I tried to start my seeds in peat pots that are biodegradable but the peat pots biodegraded before the seedlings were big enough for me to transplant outside into the vegetable bed. The peat pots started to biodegrade when I watered the seeds. Now I just read an article on how to make seedling starter pots out of newspapers. That sounds very budget friendly and is good for the enivorment but won't I have the same problem as with the peat pots? Or am I giving my seeds too much water? Please help! I can do with all the help I can get if I am going to successfully get any veggies into the ground. Thanks. Wei-San
Date Posted: 10/15/2011 6:59 PM ET
Member Since: 11/13/2005
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Having the peat pots disintegrate does sound like you may be overwatering.

In general, sounds like you are overthinking this.  Seeds are plentiful and cheap, try several methods, try often.  I've started seeds in egg cartons (both paper pulp and styrofoam [with a drainage hole pricked in the bottom], ice cube trays, tin cans, soda cans, soda bottles, in mass in cake pans (cutting the individual plants apart with a sharp knife after seedlings are a good size), etc.  Not to mention direct sowing of dry seeds and seeds that I just started in damp newspaper until they first started sprouting.

Date Posted: 10/17/2011 12:29 AM ET
Member Since: 1/16/2009
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I've used the newspaper pots, and they fall apart faster than the peat pots.  By 6 weeks, I had mostly little mounds of soil with roots sticking out and bits of newsprint.  Bret is correct - you can start seeds in any number of things.  My favorite is the little pastic 6-packs you bring home from the nursery with seedlings in them.  I also use 4" plastic pots, and have used flats that I built out of scrap lumber.    Whemn they are young, a lot of seedlings are quite tolerant of being dug up and repotted into bigger pots or the ground.  .