Ever since Christmas when I bought W an Allotinabox, I’ve wanted to start planting our seeds and growing our own veggies. Unfortunately gardening doesn’t work like that. There are seasons and temperatures to consider and chucking all the seeds into pots on 26th December just wasn’t a sensible option. Apparently.
But finally the day rolled around that we could start our vegetable patch. And it just so happened that the day before I discovered how to make these.
Newspaper plant pots. Folded from a single sheet of newspaper and perfectly sturdy when filled with compost. When your seeds have sprouted into seedlings, these upcycled pots can be planted straight into bigger tubs and will break down naturally. It’s utterly genius. Not to mention heart-breakingly cute.
We have several pots with chives, peppers, courgettes and leeks in. When the Allotinabox planters ran out, I grabbed some wooden clothes pegs and wrote on those. So simple and they look great.
As I feverishly set about ripping newspaper in half to make more pots, W took the more adult approach and read the seed packet instructions. Our spring onions and salad leaves needed wider spaces. The newspaper pots might be the answer to growing peppers but not for lettuce.
Old milk bottles cut in half length ways made the perfect salad-friendly seed tray. We stabbed some drainage holes in the bottom, filled them with compost, poked a few tiny seeds in and it was job done.
A week or so later we’ve got sprouting seeds all over the place. Even the pepper, which was refusing to show it’s face, has finally popped up.
We have plenty more seeds to plant in the coming weeks including carrots, beetroot and spinach. Oh and of course, plenty more cress.
When the seedlings get big enough to go out on their own, we have a few big tubs to decant them into. Including one lovely wooden one from Plantabox that I bought for W last year.
Oh, and our watering can? Another milk bottle of course. With a few holes poked into the lid.
So far, so good. It seems that gardening is a doddle! Our upcycled, urban vegetable patch is well under way and I can’t wait till harvest time.