Make Pots from Newspaper

PotMaker® Stapler and newspaper strips, ready to go

PotMaker® Stapler and newspaper strips, ready to go

I like to secure it at the top with a staple

I like to secure it at the top with a staple

Being a hardscrabble Yankee, the thrift of using newspaper to make pots in which to start my seedlings appealed to me.  Those little peat pellets are getting more expensive every year.  I came across an item in a seed catalog called a PotMaker® and have used it ever since.  Lay three sheets of newspaper out on top of each other and cut them into strips, about 4″ wide by the length of the page.   Wrap them around the top (cylindrical) part of your PotMaker® and twist them into the bottom part, forming a pot.  I secure the top with a staple.  Fill it with organic potting soil, plant your seeds (two to a pot for peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, etc.) and water well.  When the seeds have sprouted and the first true leaves appear, cut off the weaker seedling with a pair of scissors.  This avoids disturbing the root system of the stronger plant.  These pots disintigrate quickly once planted into the garden.  Be sure to peel back the paper so none appears above ground or the exposure to air may dry the pot below the earth and prevent the free expansion of the root system.

In a week these broccoli seeds will be up and growing

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