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Recycling old news - potting up

JensJens Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭

Today I prepare for potting up some of my seedlings

Old newspaper and my paperpot maker build by wood turning from an old log by my father.

Wrapping the newspaper around the pistil

Wrapping the edges into the middle and putting the pistil in the lower part then turning several times

And ready is the pot for potting up

After some minutes I have all pots I need for today.

OH and there is a bigger brother too


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  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,643 admin

    @Jens I have a newspaper pot maker as well. Mine always seemed to grow a black mold once filled & watered for a time. Have you found any way to deal with that problem?

  • JensJens Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning I never had this problem. Mine sometimes grow white mold but not much and I just plant them and it is than gone.

  • tomandcaratomandcara Colorado front range- Denver MetroPosts: 699 ✭✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning I would think spacing between the pots and regularly spraying the out side with hydrogen peroxide would prevent the mold and the extra oxygen may help the seedlings

  • JensJens Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭

    @Lisa K I stumbled onto this some time ago in a fancy magazine article about urban gardening and recycling. The one they had was quite expensive. I showed the pic to my dad and he made this two lovely ones

  • JensJens Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2020

    Today I finally pricked out my seedlings.

  • tomandcaratomandcara Colorado front range- Denver MetroPosts: 699 ✭✭✭✭

    @Jens Your father could sell them on etsy. Any bee swarms yet?

  • JensJens Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭

    @tomandcara my father actually sold some wood turning stuff as a sideline to his basket making business.

    No bee swarms yet.

  • JensJens Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭

    @Lisa K thank you. They come in quite handy and save me quite some money on pots.

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,643 admin
  • JensJens Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning unfortunately since he had a rupture of an aneurism and the following emergency surgery he is no longer able to stand long enough to do wood turning anymore.

    And shipping from Germany would be quite expensive 😁

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,643 admin

    Ah...yes, you are in Germany! Haha It would be quite expensive.

    When looking through my richters.com catalogue, I found them for $13.95 CAD. There is only one size listed.

    I would have bought mine elsewhere, as I had one before getting this catalogue, so I'm sure that they could be found otherwise.

  • greyfurballgreyfurball Southeastern PennsylvaniaPosts: 592 ✭✭✭✭

    My only concern, since you plant the pot and all, is the amount of chemicals you are adding to your garden soil because of all those dyes and chemicals in the colored ink, Myself, I would take the little extra time to sort out most of those colored sections and just use the black ink as much as possible. After all, as those pots decompose, the inks and dyes are not going to,

    For me that's a must since I have chemical allergies to some things. For some, I guess this wouldn't be that big of a problem unless you are trying to keep your soil as clean as possible.

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 3,643 admin

    @greyfurball There are many newspapers & some filters that use safer inks. Some indicate it in the paper, some do not. Glossy is not good. I check for this when choosing paper for my red wriggler bin.

  • JensJens Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭

    @greyfurball I agree with you to some degree but over here it is forbidden to have heavy metal or toxic chemicals in the ink. Most ink is either soy based or something similiar so it should not be that big of a problem.

    But if you are sensitive to chemicals that is a different thing and then using only black and white would be most appropriate.

  • tomandcaratomandcara Colorado front range- Denver MetroPosts: 699 ✭✭✭✭

    @greyfurball A number of the companies that ship me things use a plain brown paper for packing. Also there is painters masking paper that is inexpensive. I am not certain how chemically clean the brown paper is, but they haven't had to bleach it like many lighter papers

  • greyfurballgreyfurball Southeastern PennsylvaniaPosts: 592 ✭✭✭✭

    @tomandcara yes I have also noticed the brown paper but the companies I'm getting it from, the paper has like a gloss coating on it so I haven't been using it.

    I know my local weekly paper is safe because I check with them consistently. So all I do is go through it and cut out the colored areas and use the rest for the outdoors. When we hit a major holiday week, I don't get much use from that weekly paper (because most of the ads are in color) but on an average week I still get to use at least half of it or more.

    The ink itself can be soy-based but the colors and dyes are still chemicals.

  • vickeymvickeym Posts: 637 ✭✭✭✭

    I found this one that does an Origami paper pot as well.

    https://www.forgreenies.com/origami-newspaper-seedling-pots

  • tomandcaratomandcara Colorado front range- Denver MetroPosts: 699 ✭✭✭✭

    @vickeym Very nice and I like the idea of using the pot's "ears" for making a 4-pack or 6-pack like the nursery flowers

  • SheilaSheila Posts: 52 ✭✭✭

    Another source if you are sensitive to dyes and chemicals is you can often find un-inked newsprint online or your local newspaper may have roll ends that are too short to use and they may be willing to sell.

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