DIY Biodegradable Seed Starters

 

Spring is officially here! Here at Powergreen, the garden has well and truly sprung back into action. Now is the time to start planting lots of different things in your garden. If you’re a fan of starting things from seed, today we’re going to show you how to make your very own seed starters from scratch.

It’s not difficult to do, it involves recycling, gives your seeds a headstart and it’s good for the environment too! Here’s what you will need to make your seed starters:

  • Shredded newspaper
  • Water
  • Blender
  • Muffin tin

1. Tear the paper up into small squares.  Ripping the paper up works best, because it exposes the paper’s fibres.

2. Fill your blender with handfuls of shredded paper.

3. Pour a little bit of warm water into the blender.  Don’t pour much in, you can always add more water later if needed.

4. Blend the water and paper together on high for about 30 seconds. Ensure that all the paper is blended by stopping to stir and push any remaining paper carefully to the bottom.

5. By now, the mix should have turned grey. Drain off as much water as possible.

Little tip: Try using a sieve!

6. Now put a heaped tablespoon full of the mix into each of the muffin trays. You should be able to fit one mix into 12 cases.

7. Starting in the center press the pulp down, and work your way out to the sides. Push the pulp up the sides. When you have finished shaping the seed starter cups, carefully use some kitchen towel to soak up the moisture on the bottom.

8. Let the cups sit for at least 24 hours, or until they feel dry to the touch.  It’s best to keep them in a warm, dry place so they have time to dry out completely.

Then you just need to choose what seeds you would like to plant. Once the seeds are ready to be transplanted outside, you don’t need to remove them from the casing as the newspaper will biodegrade naturally in the soil.

Inspired by: http://365daysofdiy.blogspot.ie
 
 
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