January 18, 2014 at 12:27 pm #258040
I know that many of you probably already do this, but thought I would mention it anyway. There are probably half a dozen methods of folding newspaper into seedling pots, some are better than others.
I found this one on youtube and think it is excellent
It creates a nice sized pot without the need for staples, glue, sticky tape, scissors or anything other than a sheet of newspaper. It was so simple that last year I got a class of year 3 students to make them, plant seeds (which they helped save from my tomatoes earlier in the year), and sell them at the school fate. The kids loved it and most started to bring in pots that they made at home after school.
I also had them make paper envelopes in which to store seeds. While just as simple it required the use of scissors to make a square from A4 paper first. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knwh8ODWqKE
Hopefully this is useful for someone.January 18, 2014 at 8:46 pm #534911
Funnily enough, George and I were just saying yesterday we needed to learn this- thanks!January 19, 2014 at 12:29 am #534912
Thanks for the links! Might give this a go for my winter seedlings 🙂January 19, 2014 at 2:19 am #534913
I did an article on making rolled newspaper pots [with pics] in EG a short time ago, should be able to access it thru this http://www.earthgarden.com.au/portal/forum/viewthread.php?forum_id=7&thread_id=9751January 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm #534914
Bushy your method looks great! It looks faster and easier than the method I showed. You mention using tape and say that it is not necessary but helps hold it together. How well do they hold together without tape?
How well does the bottom hold up? I was doing a similar thing with the cardboard from toilet paper rolls and the base was not working properly.
I think I am going to have to make some and see how they go with a class of kids. Kids can be a bit rough and the square ones seem to hold up ok. Having the class save seeds, make pots, plant the seeds, tend the seedlings gives them a sense of pride and encourages parents to cook the vegetables that the kids grow.January 20, 2014 at 7:54 pm #534915
There is an article here that is very similar to Bushy’s except they fold over a 1″ lip which does away with the need for tape.
A video shows the process here:January 22, 2014 at 4:28 pm #534916
Mukluk, they stay together ok without tape but need to be packed in some sort of tray and need a little more tlc, not so good for kids maybe.
The bottoms are plenty strong enough, the trick is to have a concave mould that allows the paper to ‘overfold’ which lets the paper return to about flat if you see what I mean.
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