How to make plant pots from newspaper

Published: Monday, May. 5, 2014 - 1:20 pm | Page 5CALIFORNIA LIFE
Last Modified: Monday, May. 5, 2014 - 1:32 pm

You already have the newspaper, so when you're finished reading it, why not recycle it for your garden? And The Sacramento Bee uses mostly nontoxic, soy-based inks, so you can transplant the whole pot into the garden if you choose. (Avoid using the full-color advertising inserts.)

There are several methods for round pots; we like the square ones because they nest together better in a tray.

Here's the easiest way to make one square pot:

• From a stack of four pages of newspaper, cut a square at least 7 by 7 inches (for seedlings) up to 10 by 10 inches.

• Fold the stack into thirds, as if you were folding a letter to mail (outer edges in).

• Turn the stack and fold the pages into thirds again.

• Unfold the stack. You'll have nine squares marked by the folds.

• The center square should be flat. (Re-crease the folds if necessary.) Fold each of the four corner squares diagonally across the adjacent outer square.

• Staple those folds down and there's your pot.

– Kathy Morrison

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