After starting the process of planting our seeds for germination, we began to prepare for the next stage, seedling transplantation. In order to get our mini greenhouse ready for all the baby seedlings, we prepared our newspaper seedling cups. Read this blog to find out how to make them without having to purchase anything at all! As long as you have a wine bottle and some old news print, you are all set! This is an eco-friendly and economical way to grow your seedling plants. These seedling cups can also be planted directly into the ground making them an easier and greener alternative to plastic seedling trays.
1 You should check our recycling bin for an appropriate wine bottle. Make sure that the indention in the bottom of the bottle does not go too high into the bottle, 1to 1 1/2 inches is the perfect size.
2 The seedling cups should be about 3-4 inches tall. We found that the local advertising newspaper works best , cut the pages in half to form the cups.
3 Start to roll the newsprint onto the bottle, be careful not to roll too tightly, or you may be unable to remove the cup from the end of the wine bottle. Once the newsprint is completely completely rolled on,
4 Begin to fold in the bottom of the paper.
5 Then, finish the cup by completely folding in the bottom of the newsprint.
6 Your finished newspaper seedling cup! Fill with seedling soil and you are ready to transplant your seedlings!
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