The lettuce seeds I planted on the 8th of April are ready to be transplanted.
To increase the success rate of transplanting them into the garden patch, I decided to plant them first into newspaper pots.
The reason for doing this? Transplanted seedlings are vaunerable to drying out while their roots adjust. Therefore if the seedlings are transplanted into biodegradable newspaper pots, you can move them to a shaded place for a week or two, while their roots adjust. After this time you can move them to the veggie patch – leave them ‘as is’ for awhile or plant them into the ground (yes the newspaper pot goes straight into the ground).
How to make a newspaper garden pot?
Grab a piece of newspaper.
Fold into thirds length ways.
Open up to see the fold creases.
Cut along the creases.
Grab a drinking glass that has even sides (same diameter at both ends). Place the bottom of the glass an inch from the edge of the newspaper.
Roll tightly and evenly.
Fold the over hanging newspaper against the bottom of the glass.
Remove the glass.
The pots won’t stand up by themselves.
They will however stand up with soil added.
Add your seedlings.
It is that easy.