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Friday Follow: Making Newspaper Peat Pots

I'm always trying to find alternative ways to do things without spending money. In these rough times more and more people are growing more and more of their own food to save money.

There is no need to spend a bunch of money on trying to grow your own food to save money! Seeds can be started in a variety of containers. Instead of throwing away your newspapers, use them to make peat type pots to get them started.

Here's how I make mine.

Take a full sheet of black & white print, tear in half.

Fold sheet in half.

Then place your cylinder (empty veggie can, rolling pin with handles removed, paper towel/toilet paper rolls, piece of scrap pvc pipe, etc) on the folded edge of paper about 1 1/2" over the edge.

Roll the can (or whatever you choose to use) until paper is around your cylinder,

Then stuff the excess that is hanging off cylinder up inside

Then using a tamper (I use that wooden mallet shown in the last photo) tamp the ends down from inside the top of the can.

Check outside bottom to be sure there is no big holes and paper is laying good and flat.

Carefully slide pot off can!

I used the 15 ounce tomato sauce can this time because I don't like having to repot two or three times before they go outside into my garden. This way the newspaper pot can be planted with the seedling so you dont have to disturb the roots, you'll save time and money by not having to buy more potting mix.


  1. Such a great idea! I can't wait til Spring to start planting my herbs :)

    Have a great weekend, Lisa!

  2. Super idea! Thanks! I've got Spring fever so bad, I think I might have to make a few of these to really make me happy :)

  3. Happy Friday Follow. I'm following you, now!

  4. What a unique idea! Thank you for sharing. I want to make this into one of our homeschooling lessons!

    Stopping by from the "Friday Follower" and am now following your site! :)

    Have an excellent weekend!

  5. Awesome idea and I am now following you from FF...Hope you have a great Friday..

  6. Happy Friday Follow.

    Great idea. We are really hoping to do more planting this spring!


  7. Awesome idea!!! Love it!
    I'm your newest follower! I found you through Friday follow:)

    I hope you will come check my blog out as well!

    Have a great weekend!


  8. Awesome, Lisa! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Stopping by from Friday Follow! The peat type pots are a great idea, thank you for sharing! I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog! Feel free to drop by my blog and say hi! Have a great weekend! :)


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  11. Thanks! That's a great idea. I'm about to start everything for my garden. This tip will come in handy.


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  13. Lisa,

    Whta a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!