Monday, April 30, 2012

Garden Tools - Newspaper Pot Maker

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


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  1. wow, this tool sounds marvellous. I am definitely going to try this out.

  2. I did this a couple of years ago - they totally work! Good luck!

  3. Great idea and way to recycle. My growing season is too short to start much form seeds but I love the idea. I posted about flowers too please stop by if you get a chance, Laura

  4. Love these. So much cuter than peat pots too! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  5. This is such a smart idea! I've been nervous to start my own plants but I think I might give it a go next year. I'll definitely use your idea when I do. Thanks for sharing at the Motivated Monthly party. (Next month is gardening projects. I hope you'll have another awesome project to share!)

  6. You have so many great ideas! They look to be bigger then most of the plastic pots too. That's one of the things I hate...the constant re-potting into bigger containers before putting them in the ground. I have to get me one of these!

    Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday! I hope you'll join us again this week!


  7. How cool! I've got to show my mom this. She's always planting something!


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