I use earthen pots to sow my seeds, and yes, plants have grown out of them. I accidentally bumped into a video that demonstrated how to make seed-starting pots from newspaper. Was I impressed! I wanted to try it out immediately, but held my patience till this morning. Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW4t_6dTAvA.
I used a glass bottle to roll the newspaper and make a pot. I made four pots today, and I had two plastic cups (recycle plastic), which I used as seed-starting pots. I mixed 3/4 portion peat soil and 1/4 portion horse manure to make the soil. Filled the newspaper and plastic seeding pots with the soil, and then sowed the seeds - newspaper pots have knol khol (stem turnip) and radish seeds, and plastics pots have garlic (flakes) and fenugreek (seeds). I have covered the soil with dried neem leaves (that's from our neem tree).
I am eagerly waiting to see the seeds sprout.
- Fenugreek - Trigonella foenum-graecum; See http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_fenugreek.htm.
- Knol Khol - Brassica oleracea var, Gongylodes; See http://www.floridata.com/ref/B/bras_ole_gon.cfm.
- Garlic - Allium sativum; See http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_garlic.htm.
- Radish - Raphanus sativus; See http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/r/radish01.html.
- Neem - Azadirachta Indica; See http://www.neem-products.com/neem-botanical-description.html.
Newspaper Pots (Fig 1) & Plastic Pots (Fig 2)