I have wanted one of these newspaper pot makers since I first laid eyes on them in one of my gardening catalogs. However, the frugal side of me decided that $13 (plus shipping) was too much to spend on a couple pieces of wood.
Today, while looking for a less expensive alternative, I stumbled across this version. I really liked the concept. If I was not so “frugal” I would definitely buy this pot maker over the wooden one above. Not only does it make newspaper pots, but soil blocks too. Looking at this design got my creative mind going.
I thought I could do something similar with PVC pipe. I headed over to Home Depot to see what I could find to mimic the basic principles of the design. I found the following parts on the plumbing aisle. The total came to just under $3.
1 – 2 inch PVC Coupling $.94
2 – 1 1/2 inch PVC Dome Slip Cap $.94
3 – 1 1/2 inch PVC Bushing $.82
The assembly is super easy. Place the bushing (#3) into the dome slip cap (#2) …that’s it!!
This is the plunger for your pot maker.
The coupling (#1) is the pot form.
Making the newspaper pot is just as simple.
Fold a single sheet of newspaper in half and make fold the open edge over about 1 inch.
Roll the newspaper around piece the form (piece #1), leaving about 1 1/2 inch overhang on one end.
Tape the seam.
Tuck the overlay inside
Pinch the sides to make a more solid bottom.
Slide the plunger inside and push firmly to make a secure base for your pot.
Pull out the form (piece #1)
And fill with dirt!
In about 1 minute and less than $3, you have a paper pot to start your seed in. When moving your plants into the garden, you can place the entire pot into the soil, no need to transplant and risk shocking your seedlings.
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