Making your own paper pots is not only eco-friendly, but will save you money too. Ideal for half-hardy annuals like cosmos, zinnias and antirrhinum, the newspaper pots are completely biodegradable. When the plants are ready to go outdoors, the whole pot can be planted into the soil.
All you need to get started is a pile of newspaper and some cylindrical objects to act as moulds. Try using a bottle and wrapping strips of paper tightly around it, several times, before folding over the base and sliding the paper off. There are also simple, wooden pot-making kits available to buy. If you’re looking for more eco-friendly garden ideas, you could try creating glass jar lanterns or make a home for stag beetles using old plastic pots.
Find out how to create eco-friendly paper pots in just five simple steps, below.
Rest the pots in trays of damp compost. This ensures the paper always remains moist, allowing roots to grow through the sides.