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Start your seeds in recycled newspaper pots.

Why spend money buying plant starter packs when you can make all you need from recycled newspapers? The added benefit of these newspaper pots is that they can be set right into the ground where the paper will eventually decompose and in the process, the seedling's delicate root system won't be disturbed by transplanting.

Paper pots can be placed side-by-side in a cardboard box tray with the sides cut down to about three inches. Amazingly, the newspaper boxes will hold water and remain intact when wet.

All you need is a stapler and double sheets of newspaper the size of Natural Life (daily newspapers are too big in size to make a nice compact pot). Choose pages without colour since the ink may be harmful to both the plant and the soil.

Just follow these step-by-step instructions, then fill with soil and plant your seeds.

Step 1: Begin with a double sheet of newspaper. Fold in half, making a sharp crease line.

Step 2: Aligning bottom and top edges, fold in half again.

Step 3: Bring left side edge to top edge in a diagonal fold. There will be a selvage edge left at right.

Step 4: Fold selvage edge to back.

Step 5: Bring right side edge to top edge in a diagonal crease.

Step 6: Flip over with selvage edge to front. Fold sides forward lengthwise in equal thirds.

Step 7: Open out and fold bottom and top in equal thirds.

Step 8: Pleat bottom left corner inward along diagonal crease line and fold behind front center panel. Repeat with bottom right corner. Stable through all thicknesses at centre. (Also see photo)

Step 9: Repeat Step 8 with top corners and staple to complete pot.

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Author:Darlene Polachic
Publication:Natural Life
Date:Jan 1, 1996
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