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Poll: Are You Gardening Yet?
and How to Make Paper Pots
...just in case.

By February 25, 2014

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I'm losing patience with winter and have several seeds under lights, in my basement. Have you started gardening yet? Let's see who has gotten a head start.

It's always fun to see the resourcefulness of gardeners. We start seeds in yogurt cups, egg trays, toilet paper rolls, juice boxes and ice cream cartons. Many years ago, my father and I decided to try our hands at making newspaper pots. It worked out really well, except for a handful of seedlings whose roots grew out the bottom and got intertwined. Paper pots are easy to make with materials you already have on hand and the pots will decompose quickly in the garden. Nothing to store. Interested?

Here's a paper pot video that will walk you through the steps. Then print out Amy Jeanroy's how-to and get started making your own paper pots.


February 26, 2011 at 8:15 am
(1) flower_lady says:

I made paper pots this year. Worked out great. I didn’t have enough newspaper so I used used computer paper(cut in half longways) and that worked really nice as well. In fact they were even sturdier that the newspaper ones. And all degradeable so they can be put in the ground pot and all.

February 26, 2011 at 9:13 am
(2) Marie Iannotti says:

I forgot that you had mentioned computer paper in the Forum. I use double or triple sheets of newspaper when I make pots, otherwise they fall apart before they’re ready to be planted. So I can appreciate the extra heft of computer paper.

I still have an old box of dot matrix paper with the perforated sides. I think it’s discolored from sitting so long. I bet it would make great pots!

February 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm
(3) flower_lady says:

I don’t see why the old tractor feed paper wouldn’t work. I had to double the newspaper up too.

February 27, 2014 at 12:09 am
(4) Ginny=garden says:

In my mind I am always planning my garden activities all winter long. It keeps my mind from thinking about how many inches of snow will have to melt before I can actually do some gardening and yard work. Also it keeps my mind busy. Spring is only 23 days away. Think spring and green sprouts.

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