DIY seed starter pots: Free -- and biodegradable!

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Already use old newspaper as mulch for your gardening? Here's another unique way to reuse newspaper in your garden: Make a little seedling pot by cleverly folding newspaper. No staples, glue, or tape required.

Plus, as Lifehacker points out: "You never have to de-pot these suckers -- the newspaper will just break down and the roots grow through it once assembled and put into the ground" -- or into a bigger pot, in my case.

All that folding too complicated for you? Willi Galloway of Diggin' Food's put together both a video and written guide on how to create a round newspaper seedling pot on eHow. Basically, you'll just need to roll newspaper around a cup, then tuck the ends in to make your biodegradable pot.

Mr. Brown Thumb uses a similar idea to create seed starting pot using a soda can. He also suggests making seed pots from toilet paper rolls -- or empty tubes of gift wrapping paper: "These seed pots can also be completely planted in the ground or into your container gardens," he notes.

Need a visual to figure out how you can turn toilet paper rolls into seed starter pots? You Grow Girl has a photo-illustrated, step-by-step guide, along with detailed instructions to make sure you seeds do indeed sprout in these pots.

So start saving up your toilet paper rolls, gift wrap rolls, newspapers, or whatever other biodegradable paper products you've got the skills to fashion into a seed starter pot -- and get planting this spring!

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