Saturday, June 4, 2011

Veggies in Newspaper

The veggies in my planter box are coming up nicely and I just wanted to show off something different that I tried this year when I was planting.

I didn't have any peat pots to start my plants in so I used newspaper instead. I'm really happy with the results! It was so easy.

First I folded the paper over a few times in the same direction to make a long rectangle. Then I wrapped the rectangle around my right hand to make a shallow tube. Next, pinching where the end of the paper was with my right thumb, I folded half of the tube inside itself with my left hand to form the bottom of the pot.

These weren't amazingly sturdy, but that didn't matter because I tucked them all into a shallow cardboard tray (box) and filled them with soil. The weight of the soil and the squishing of all of them in that tray, made them strong enough to start my plants in. After a couple of weeks of regular watering and sunshine, the veggies were ready to be transplanted into my garden, newspaper and all!

I can't say I'd recommend this for all veggies. It's not good for root vegetables like onions, carrots, potatoes, turnips, parsnips, etc. But for other veggies, it's worth a try. It was a fun little money saver!

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