Germinating Self-Care Now and a Garden for Later


Hello – I hope you are all home, safe, and comfortable.  I am here in Oregon and really not sure what to think about the world right now.  I am thankful for simple daily activities that are keeping me balanced and busy.  Simple self-care activities such as face washing or taking a bath are now moments of peace and calm.  I am embracing The Mother Earth Living Magazine’s mission of being self-sufficient, staying healthy, and learning new skills.  I have even found myself going through back issues.  Remember the pollinator garden, Jessica Walliser showed us all last year in?  The one that used an old garbage can? Well mine has become more of an herb garden this year, but I love the idea of reusing containers and creating garden spaces full of healthy plants, herbs, and produce. 

My daughter and I just made a bunch of newspaper pots and planted them with tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, basil, and sunflowers (all her choices).  As we rolled and planted seeds, we relaxed, talked, played music, and connected in such a good way. We realized as we read on the seed packet that our projects should all germinate in 14 days – the same time that hopefully our self-quarantine should be over. A reminder to be patient, be healthy, and know we are all in this together. Here are the directions for making seed pots from newspaper:

seedlings in newspaper pots
Photo courtesy Linda Holliday and MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Make Your Own Newspaper Pots

These simple pots work well for seed starting and they can be placed right in your garden when the chance of frost is over and your seedlings are ready to transplant.  They are also a good activity for children of all ages. 


  • Sheets of newspaper
  • Empty can with each end removed, or a small section of PVC pipe
  • A smaller can or wooden dowel
  • Tape or twine (optional)


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