Here’s a good use for your shredded documents. These decomposing seed starters are fun and simple to make.
Pack a couple handfuls of shredded paper into a large cup or small bucket and cover with warm water. Let soak for at least an hour to soften the paper. Pour the mixture into a blender and mix until the shredded paper is pulp. It should look like this.
Wash the blender thoroughly. Squeeze the excess water from the pulp using your hands or a strainer. Don’t squeeze out all the water, leave enough so the pulp holds its shape when formed into a ball.
Take a handful and roll into a ball, then flatten like a pancake. The size of the ball is determined by the size of your desired pot. You want it to be about one half inch thick. The pot will leak or crumble if it’s too thin. Shape the flattened pulp around the bottom of a muffin tin. Use a miniature muffin tin for tiny seed starters, regular for medium size, and large muffin tins for larger seed starting pots. Optional: Spray the bottom of the muffin tin with non stick cooking spray prior to shaping the pulp over the tin. This will help with removal.
To dry the pots, set the muffin tray out in the hot sun for a day. For faster drying, place the muffin tin in a low oven for an hour or 2 to dry. The amount of time required to dry your pots will depend on their size and thickness. Check frequently!
After they are cooled and completely dry, carefully remove them from the bottom of the muffin tin. Fill with soil and add your seeds according to the seed packet directions. Place in a sunny location and water as needed. When the seeds have grown enough to transplant, simply place the entire pot into the soil without disturbing the roots.
If you don’t have shredded paper, you can also use hand torn paper. Using colored paper will make your seed starters more colorful.