Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Make your own seedling paper pots

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. ~Margaret Atwood

I can't begin to tell you how great it feels to get my hands back into the soil. Some people might think I'm crazy, but I love the smell and feel of dirt. I never wear gardening gloves, preferring to let my hands have direct contact with the soil. This year we will be making 2 new raised beds and adding 3 more whiskey barrels to our collection. I love having herbs and veggies growing all over the place. There is nothing more satisfying then picking something from your garden and eating it hours later. I think everyone should grow something they can eat. Even if you live in an apartment, you can buy a few pots and plant some herbs and veggies. I encourage everyone to plant something this year. It just wouldn't be summer without a garden for us.

We enjoyed highs near 60 this weekend, quite unusual for March in New England, so we took full advantage and spent most of the day working in the sunshine. We raked the entire yard which was full of sticks and branches, John and Mitch mended a fence post that blew down in a bad storms a few months back, and then it was time to plant seedlings for the garden.

Paper Pot

You can go and buy peat pots to start your seeds, or you can even use paper egg cartons but I thought it would be cool, and good for the environment to make some paper pots. I researched making them on online and finally settled on the method shown in this YouTube video.

It really was quite simple once you get the hang of it. Cute little paper pots that you can plant directly into the ground! Recycle! Plant something! Get your hands dirty! It'll be fun...trust me.

Paper Pot dirt
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