Compostable Brown Paper Seedling Pots

This year I planted tomato seeds instead of buying mature plants. I was so surprised how many seedlings I got. So many in fact, I needed to thin them out and I didn’t have the heart to throw away the smaller plants.
compostable brown paper seedling pots, gardening
I decided to put the tiny seedlings into paper towel tubes but needed something to hold the dirt from spilling out the bottom.
compostable brown paper seedling pots, gardening
This brown paper packing paper was perfect. A torn off piece wrapped around the tube and tied with string. Sweet little brown paper packages tied up with string. Now they’re perfect to give away to friends and none of the seedlings will go to waste.
compostable brown paper seedling pots, gardening
It’s starting to get really warm here, so these guys will need to be gifted and planted soon. The nice thing about this packaging is that they can just be planted as is. The tube, wrapping and string will all eventually compost. The paper is fairly thin and should break apart quickly. The tube will take longer but will protect the little roots until it does.
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  • Deb
    on Feb 14, 2015

    If you have a Senior Center in your town you could take extra plants there for people to take home. Many seniors are on fixed income and appreciate anything like this to help supplement the budget.

  • R Carlin
    on Feb 14, 2015

    I bought seed from heirloom companies and most came in little airtight baggies. I hadvalways been advised to put them in something breathable, like a paper envelope. What do you think and why?

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