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Making Newspaper Pots

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    Posted: 15 April 2013 at 15:48
Newspaper pots are the ideal medium for starting veggies, because the entire pot gets planted. This helps minimize root shock. Unlike peat pots, newspaper pots actually do degrade under constant moisture, and roots have little trouble penetrating the paper into the surrounding soil.

Not only do you save money using them, you get to recycle some of the newsprint that's threatening to choke our landfills.

You can adapt these instructions for different sizes. But let's assume a standard #2 1/2 can (i.e., 14-15 oz), and a full-sized (as opposed to tabloid) newspaper.

Start by folding the newspaper sheet along it's natural crease. Then lay it horizontally and fold it in half the long way (i.e., top to bottom). Fold it in half once more the long way.

Line up the folded edge with the crimp-seal on the can. Roll can inside the paper to form a cylinder. Do not roll it too tightly, or you won't be able to remove the can.

At the point you have a paper cylinder whose top edge is lined up with the top of the can, and whose bottom edge over hangs the can's bottom.

Put a small piece of masking tape on the seam, where it runs along the can. Stand the can on it's top. Fold the overhanging paper flat against the can's bottom. This will take three or four folds. Smash the can down on a flat surface to really flatten the folds. Put a piece of masking tape across the folds. Remove the can.

Fill the paper pots with planting media and set your plants or seeds in them. Line them up in a planting tray so the sides actually touch. Once they get wet, they're a tendency for them to collapse unless supporting each other.

Water in your seeds/plants. From that point, treat them as any other flower pot.

If, like some of us, you can obtain mill ends, they are perfect for making paper pots. Cut strips, crosswise, measuring six inches wider than twice the length of the can. Fold it once, and proceed as with newspaper sheets.
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Thanks for posting, Brook ~ My youngest son and I made 9 of these tonight for getting some tomatoes and peppers started....easy as pie!Thumbs Up
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Glad they worked out for you, Ron. Easy doesn't half describe it.

One point I should make. Used to be that colored inks were a no-no. That's no longer true, because virtually all of them are now made from soy instead of heavy metals. So they're safe in the garden.

I would avoid the shiny stuff (such as ad inserts), though, because the coating retards the decomposition process.
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This makes perfect sense to me, Brook - I think we were about to try one of the "shiny" pages, but decided it wouldn't work well anyway, due to the coating. We did have a couple of coloured pages, but other than that, it was all black-and-white ~ and "read" all-over.... Wink
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