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What you need:
  • Paper pot maker
  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Nursery flat
A simple wooden device called a paper pot maker allows you to make 2-½" pots from strips of newspaper. These recycled pots are great for starting seeds. To make a pot, begin by cutting a strip of newspaper about 4" wide and 10" long.
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Wrap the newspaper around the cylinder of the paper pot maker twice. Put the top edge of the newspaper even with the top edge of the cylinder.
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Fold the lip of newspaper extending past the lower edge of the cylinder over the bottom of the cylinder.
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Press the cylinder into the base. Stand up and push down hard to ensure the paper is properly crimped over the bottom. Then slide the newspaper off the cylinder, and voilą - your first paper pot.
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Paper pots are easier to water and transport if kept in a tray or flat. Continue to make pots until you have enough to fill at least one flat. Then fill the pots with soilless potting mix, sow your seeds, and water thoroughly.