I don’t just grow plants, I grow newspapers too. Every day, a new pile of them appears next to my bed, and in the recycling box, and under my bed. This is actually rather handy, as I’m sowing seeds non-stop at the moment, and our stash of toilet roll tubes and eggboxes can’t keep up.
Newspaper pots are, just like all the other pots I use, biodegradable. This makes them perfect for plants such as squashes who hate having their roots disturbed, but need a bit of space before they are planted out.
Making newspaper pots
You will need:
A tube of some sort. I use a table salt bottle for larger seedlings such as pumpkins, and an old spice jar for smaller pots. Whatever you do, don’t be duped into buying one of those very sweet and pretty wooden pot makers. They’re a waste of a fair amount of money, given you can use any round bottle or jar in your house for free, and their only real function is to make your potting shed look wholesome. If you own a potting shed, that is.
1. Cut the newspaper page in two (or into four if you are using a broadsheet), and fold in half.
2. Place the salt bottle at one end of the folded newspaper, and roll it up. Secure the paper with a strip of Sellotape.
3. Fold the ends of the paper over the salt bottle, and stick down with some sellotape.
4. All done. Place your pots in a watertight container (I use the cut-off bottom half of a large milk carton, which fits around eight small pots and three large), add soil, and sow.