|My Tomato seedlings are looking great in my homemade newspaper pots.|
Garden Tools - Newspaper Pot Maker
Instead of buying and using those little plastic pots to start my seedlings I use this wonderful garden tool that forms a seedling pot out of newspaper. I have been making my own newspaper pots for almost 2 decades now.
There are 4 positive points for using this type of a pot as opposed to plastic pots:
1. The roots do not get disturbed because you plant the newspaper pot along with the plant - the newspaper is so thin and decomposes - you don't see any traces of paper that next spring when you are tilling your garden.
2. You are recycling any newspaper that you might have laying around the house (many newspapers have gone digital but I still have enough paper newspapers in my area for this to work).
3. The newspaper ink protects the roots from some ground pests (that's the theory from the manufacturer but I think it does help).
4. You are saving money because you don't have to buy plastic pots.
Below are visual instructions on how to use the "Newspaper Pot Maker" - the pictures are self explanatory.
|Paper post are made and filled with potting soil|