How to Start Seeds in Newspaper Pots

Fold newspaper pots to start seeds |

Gardening season is here! If you’ve never tried starting seeds, it can be really rewarding—and really frustrating.

Take it from me, starting seeds for the first time is a challenge. You wait and wait and wait. Then finally the little seedlings emerge—or they don’t. You have to tend to them to make sure they’re thriving. And it takes quite a while until they grow big enough to transplant to the garden.

Buuuuuut when you do, it’s so rewarding. It’s crazy to think that you started that little sucker from seed and now you’re eating tomatoes off of it! Here’s how I do it.

Start seeds in newspaper pots |

Folding newspaper pots

I like to start seeds indoors in newspaper pots. You fold sheets of newspaper origami-style into little pots to hold your seedlings. After your seeds grow big enough, you can even transplant the newspaper pot straight into the ground because it breaks down into the soil.

I learned how to make newspaper pots to start seeds by watching this video. After a few tries, you’ll turn into a newspaper pot-folding machine.

How to start seeds in newspaper pots |

How to grow seeds

After you finish folding your newspaper pots, fill them with soil. Then, use tweezers to place  a seed (or several) in each pot under the soil about 1/4 of an inch. Water the soil evenly. Keep an eye on your seedlings and follow the care instructions on the seed packet and you’ll be growing your own newspaper pot garden in no time.

How to start seeds in newspaper pots |


How to start seeds in newspaper pots |

How to start seeds in newspaper pots |

Bonus tip: I like to use leftover water to water my seeds. By that I mean, the water I used to soak a dish (so long as there’s no soap in it) or the water sitting in the glass on my nightstand from the night before. That way I don’t spend any extra money watering my seeds and I reuse water that would otherwise just go down the drain.

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Spring Love

Chocolate Mint Plant |

Sorry for my absence. I’ve been outside enjoying the weather and doing lots of spring activities…planting a garden, hunting for morel mushrooms, walking my doggie, planting more plants.

Well, see for yourself…

Chocolate Mint Plant | redleafstyle.comCocoa Shell Mulch |

When I spotted this chocolate mint plant at the farmer’s market (top photo), I knew I had to have it. I’m already dreaming about baking scrumptious desserts and sipping on chocolate mint mojitos. I didn’t realize I was going to make a chocolate-themed garden, but that’s kind of what happened. The second photo is a sweet potato vine surrounded by cocoa shell mulch. Yes, cocoa shells! I found the mulch at my local gardening store.

Weeds |

This is what my garden looked like before. This plot of dirt covered in weeds sits in the back area of my rental apartment, which is a converted old house. The plot was clearly once a garden because it’s the only strip of dirt in a large area of concrete pavement. Plus, it’s lined with, now crumbling, bricks. It’s an extremely odd setup, which is fitting for the area I live in. It’s not really a patio; it’s not really a backyard; it’s just a random plot of dirt surrounded by concrete. I’ll take it.

And, take it I did. But it was a lot of work. Lots of weeds and lots of trash. Now it looks like this…

Garden | redleafstyle.comPlanting Flowers |

On to other spring enjoyables…

Cute Pup | redleafstyle.comSpring |

My pup and I enjoying the spring weather. Side note: I love dandelions, even though they’re technically weeds. I used to pick them and make “flower arrangements” as a kid.

Morel Mushroom |

Ever heard of morels? They’re super tasty mushrooms that only grow during the spring time. You can’t cultivate them. They only grow in the wild. My boyfriend and I have gone morel hunting several times this season and found bunches. This spring was the first time I’ve ever found any!

And…that’s what I’ve been up to this spring. Tell me about your favorite springtime activities in the comments!

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Indoor Gardening Day

Gardening |
I don’t take my home so seriously that I can’t drag a big ole bag of potting soil
inside to do a bit of gardening. That’s exactly what went on in my kitchen this
After weeks of chilly, snowy and dreary weather, I’m ready to fill my home
with greenery!

Kitchen Plants |

Grow Seeds in Eggshells |

A week or two ago I started some seeds using eggshells. (Check out my tutorial to learn
how!) I planted a smorgasbord of veggies and herbs: spinach, carrots, 
radishes, oregano, basil and chives. All easy-to-grow plants that I can cultivate in

Indoor Gardening |

Radish Plant |

The radishes sprouted far faster than all of the other plants. They were ready to
transplant to larger containers, so that was this weekend’s project. If you’re
looking at the pictures and wondering if I used that soup ladle to fill the pots
with soil, why yes, yes I did. (Go ahead, file that one away for future reference.
Soup ladle works just as well as shovel.)

Seed Packets |

Grow Seeds in Eggshells |

I didn’t actually plant the peppers or tomatoes in the pictures above, but I love the
happy colors on the seed packets. That’ll be a future project.

Until it warms up enough to move all of these plants outside and transplant the rest
of the seeds growing in eggshells, every window in my home will be filled with plants.
Love it!

Have you started any gardening projects to prepare for spring?

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