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30 January 2007 @ 04:38 pm
Fun with trash  
cocoajava asked about my origami seed pots. They're very cool! I got the instructions here. My only correction to the instructions is that you should rip the page in half horizontally and continue from there as the directions indicate. At least, if you're using USA Today, you should.

Also, use only b/w pages, no color. Colored inks have heavy metals, but (apparently) black ink is soy-based, so that's okay.

You can do the same thing with regular typing paper. I think newspaper is better, though, because it decomposes faster.

The neat things about this are 1) it's free (unless you buy the newspaper specifically to do this) and 2) it's reusing rather than tossing. Awesome. Yeah, tiny little peat pots aren't that expensive, but this is still better. Making something out of trash is always better.

Now I just need to figure out how to make a tray to put them all on. Ideas?
 
 
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Lori: Garden:  Water Girlcocoajava on January 31st, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
*glee* I LOVE THESE. It's gonna be seed-starting time in not too long.... and I would much rather re-use something than buy, even when the peat pots are cheap. I agree with you. :)

Why do you recommend ripping the pages in half? Less thickness? And agreed on newspaper vs. regular paper, soil rather happily accepts newspaper into the mulch-frenzy.

Hmm. Tray. *thinks* Cardboard lid lined with saran wrap?
Elle: Gardener in panties!theletterelle on January 31st, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
Perfect tray! Thank you! And check out my new gardening icon. Hee hee hee!
Loricocoajava on January 31st, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
I love the new icon!!!

I thought of a slightly better way to do a tray. Next time you have a largish plastic bag (or a trash can liner), slide a box lid INTO it, and tuck it down around the lid. That way it's going to be better at holding any water overflows, since it's seamless!
Ishakoishako on January 31st, 2007 05:38 am (UTC)
are you thinking paper origami tray or something a bit more um...waterproof? :P
3D origami can have some interesting effects, but it also tends to take a long time to make the pieces for it.
Elletheletterelle on January 31st, 2007 07:13 am (UTC)
Definitely not origami for the tray! Something waterproof would be good. I like the idea of a cardboard box lid wrapped in saran wrap. I have so much cardboard that needs to be used.
Murphy's Girlsnafu_07 on January 31st, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
OO, I was actually going to ask you about that. Thanks!!