An alternative to buying pots for starting seeds or making pots out of newspaper is to use a clump of soil with no container at all by using a handy little tool like the soil cube. There are several benefits from starting seeds like this:
- saves money (no re-occurring costs)
- no need to sanitize old pots for re-use
- avoids or minimizes root shock (roots of plant stops growing with they hit the air)
Keeping the soil cubes moist is a little more effort, since the force of normal water droplets will melt the cubes. You need to use a spray-mister bottle to water with.