Saturday, February 4, 2012

Thinking About Gardening Today

Even though it's been a pretty Spring-like Winter this year, I don't want to be fooled into putting the garden in too early and then be badly surprised by a late Winter cold snap.

But today was just so nice out there, I got the itch to get started.

I saw this idea a couple of months ago while Blog -hopping, to make my own seedling pots using old newspapers.

I cut the newspaper in half, and folded it into thirds.

Then I wrapped it around the soup can, and secured the edge with tape.

Next, fold up the bottom and secure with tape.

Slip the "pot" off the soup can.

Fill with soil (in our case, soil from our compost pile).

I haven't added seeds and water yet, because I'm not sure if it's still too early yet or not.

When I do get plants and get ready to put them in the ground, we'll just put the whole newspaper -pot and all in the ground, and not have to worry about tearing the plant from it's roots pulling it from the little plastic cups we usually do sprouting in.  We have lost a few plants in the past on account of that. The newspaper will bio-degrade, and make a good mulch in the meantime.

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