Friday 3 May 2013

Making recycled paper pots

My daughter and I spent a happy half hour making some paper pots for our seedlings. Now she is three years old she is able to help me with planting out seeds. It's been lovely to watch her planting out beetroot, beans and basil seeds and then seeing them pop up from the soil. It's all very magical to her. Although she keeps asking when we can start eating them...

I first blogged about my paper potter back in 2011. It is a fantastic little tool, really handy for making inexpensive pots to put small plants in. By using newspaper you can plant them out, the paper will biodegrade and the roots wont be disturbed.

My paper potter came from the Nether Wallop Trading Company and was a Christmas gift from my brother and his family. I can't recommend them highly enough.

It also helps if you have some offspring you can recruit to help you make them...their little fingers are very good and winding the paper round!

I'm linking up with Trash 2 Treasure over on the blog.

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Coombe Mill - Fiona said...

How clever, I love the fact that you can plant the seedlings in their newspaper pots without disturbing them. How do you make the pots stick at the end or do you just place them close together to prevent them unwinding? I may have to see if I can create something similar, it is such a lovely idea and I have a stack of old newspapers waiting for a good craft! Thank you for sharing with me on #Trash2Treasure

Blossom & Badger said...

Great idea & my 3 year old will love to get his fingers dirty playing with the soil!

Me, You and Magoo said...

They don't unwind, I know it looks like they will, but they don't! There's full instructions on the paper potter & the way you fold the paper, wind it round the shaper & then squash onto the base bit, make the pots form the right shape. They are strong enough to hold a bit of soil & help start the seed off, then they rot in the ground once they've been planted out. I can't recommend the paper potter's a great little invention :)


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