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Peat Pot

Put the "green" in "green thumb" with this simple planting project utilizing recycled newspaper. Turn a single sheet of newspaper into a seed-starting peat pot you can plant directly in the garden.

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Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Scissors
  • Recycled newspaper
  • Spice jar
  • Tape


  • (1) Miracle-Gro 8-quart seed-starting potting mix (#156696)
  • Your choice of seed packets
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Step 1

Cut 3"-wide strips of newspaper, then fold over the long edge of each strip 1".
Good to Know
This project works best with easy-to-start annuals such as zinnias, cosmos, castor beans, morning glories, and sunflowers.

Step 2

Wrap the strips snugly around a spice jar (but not so tight that you can't remove the jar when you are finished). Moistening the newspaper in water first will help it stick together.

Step 3

Gently tuck the bottom edges under the jar so that they meet in the middle to form the base. If necessary, use a piece of tape where the bottom edges meet to make the base more secure.

Step 4

Take the jar out of the newspaper and fill with seeds and soil.

Step 5

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Plant and watch your seeds come to life.