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Turn newspaper into plant pots

PaperplantpotsMore proof that you don't  have to be Charlie Dimmock to get your fingers muddy - a genius little widget that makes old newspapers into new plant pots. You wrap the paper around the post, push it into the base... et voila! One free seedling pot. According to Hippyshopper reader Elana K, kids love 'em, so manacle the little urchins down Dickens-style and set them to work. For green points, the Paper Pot Maker sets a new high score: as well as recycling newspapers, it saves plastic and the pots will biodegrade when you plant them out. Nice. You can get yours for a tenner at Selections online.

November 23, 2005 in Plants & gardens, Recycling | Permalink


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Tracked on 27 May 2006 22:22:03


Thanks for this (and your blog generally). I am concerned about the water-retaining properties of newspaper. I may be missing something though, and have asked my blog readers for advice on the matter.

Posted by: Dave Walker | 23 Nov 2005 12:28:49

Cheers, Dave. Yep, they would get soggy. I think - I'm not an expert gardener - that the idea is to separate seedlings when planting them out in the garden instead of using plastic pots. So far as I can see, it wouldn't be suitable if you were trying to pot small plants indoors.

Posted by: Adam | 24 Nov 2005 07:14:51

But if they get soggy, you're overwatering the plants. I haven't had them fall apart on me yet...seedlings don't need a ton of water; I normally just mist them with a bottle.

Posted by: Elana | 28 Nov 2005 13:11:55

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