My tomato plants are big enough now to repot into larger pots before they get planted into the ground. I didn’t want to spend the money on 4″ pots, because when its all said and done, I would need a ton!  So, I decided to go with pots made out of newspaper.  These homemade pots are not only free but can be planted directly into the groud, and the paper will disintegrate over time.

They are super easy to make, and don’t take long at all.  All you need is newspaper, a can, plate with water and something to put them in once done.  I used a plant flat that I picked up at the garden center, and can use every year.


First you just take 2 pieces of newspaper and fold it “hotdog” style.  Then you roll it around the can.  Then just fold down the newspaper over the can.

I then dipped the bottom and the side into water.  This way the newspaper stuck together, and gave a sturdier pot.

When they are filled with dirt they become more stable and hold their shape. Ryan filled them up a fourth of the way, before I put the seedlings in.

There you have it, 21 transplanted tomato seedlings. Now on to the last 9, and next week I will transplant the peppers into these.