Starting seeds without peat
I only recently learned that using peat is environmentally unfriendly. So without thinking about it, I purchased a tray of peat cubes to start my tomato and pepper seeds in this year:
(The four leftmost cubes are Chadwick Cherry tomatoes, and the four rightmost cubes are jalapeño peppers.)
However, I don’t want to continue contributing to the destruction of peat bogs, so I’ve been collecting ideas for more sustainable ways to start seeds. Here’s what I have so far:
- using coir pots (made from coconut fiber) instead of peat
- cutting cardboard toilet paper tubes in half and pinching in the bottoms to make pots
- cleaning out eggshells and using them as planters (powerful symbolism, huh?)
- starting seeds in plastic sandwich-sized bags
- making pots out of old newspaper
There are many similar sets of instructions for making newspaper pots already floating around the gardening blogosphere. I’ve been making origami newspaper pots, using these instructions and modifying them slightly to suit my purpose.
Good thing my parents left a newspaper the last time they visited–we get all our news from the web web.
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