Cow Pots natural seed starter
Roots Grow Through the Pot
From cow patties to cow pots
Pots made from cow manure
CowPots™ were created by dairy farmers who had plenty of raw material. CowPots™ seed starting pots made with 100% renewable composted cow manure. Yes, they are odor free.
I like that you can seed the pot indoors under grow lights. Then transplant the entire pot and plant into the garden. The pot decomposes when it comes in contact with the garden soil. CowPots do not decompose when sitting under grow lights or outside while the plants are hardening off.
The manufacturing process removes weed seeds, and the odor. What remains is a natural fiber pot that is a plantable seed starting pot. CowPots are available in various sizes. Buy twelve packs of 3" or 4" CowPots.
These seed starting pots are an easy one-use planting container made of a natural recycled, recyclable material. It's a feel good product that is earth friendly. Maybe I am helping the planet in some small way.
CowPots should prevent transplant shock, giving the plants a head start. I tried planting a tomato plant in a CowPot and another tomato plant bare rooted directly into the soil. The bare rooted tomato didn't take long to catch up with the CowPotted plant. But just a few days can really matter to a gardener.
If the natural cow manure had any residual nutrients after the manufacturing process, it wasn't enough fertilizer to jumpstart the plant. I did not see much difference. University studies show that starting plants in CowPots can help shorten the growing cycle and increase return by up to 10%.
CowPots may improve production by 10%? As a home gardener with such a small sample and so many variables, I can't judge an increase or decrease that small. But, if 10% will gain me bragging rights for the first red ripe tomato, I am all for that.
Sturdy pots quickly degrade when planted
No Transplant Shock
I like the convenience of CowPots. I like not having all those flimsy plastic pots that break and crack, destined for the landfill. I like that I do not have to clean or store a lot of little plastic pots.
You can see in my photos that the composted manure CowPots allow young roots to easily penetrate the sides and bottoms of the CowPot as they grow.
When planted in the ground, CowPots quickly biodegrade. After about a month buried in the soil, there is no evidence of the pot.
My celery plants are healthy and hardy. I did not see evidence of transplant shock. It was as if the move to the garden couldn't get any easier on the plant or easier for me. I like CowPots™ and will use them again.
The CowPots™ I used were given to me to try. Good thing they were because I tend to be skeptical of new garden products. I liked them well enough to buy more pots this spring.
Certainly there are cheaper ways to start seed. For my small scale home garden, the convenience of CowPots is worth the price. I plan to use CowPots from now on.
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