Creamore Mill Paper Pot Press
We all want to cut down on plastic and as gardeners we have a chance to do our bit using this clever little pot maker from Creamore Mill.
How to use (or just watch the video further down the page):
- Cut strips of newspaper about 16cm wide and 40cm long
- Fold strip in half along its length
- Roll the strip around the press with the folded edge at the top of the cylinder (paper will overhang the bottom of the press)
- Holding the rolled paper, scrunch the bottom edge and tuck it inwards under the press
- Align with the base of the press. Push down firmly with a twist to crimp the paper pot base.
- Slide the pot off the press.
- Rest the pots in trays of damp compost. This ensures the paper always remains moist, allowing roots to grow through the sides.
- And feel virtuous!
Seedlings can be left in the pots when planting out to avoid disturbing the roots, and the newspaper rots down in moist soil. Growing your own plants from seed is now even more cost effective and environmentally friendly.
- Oiled beech from sustainable sources
- British made by family firm in Shropshire
- Gift box doubles as storage container for strips of paper
- As recommended by Monty Don on Gardeners' World
Of course there are lots of ways to cut down the use of plastic in the garden - the most obvious being to re-use plastic pots and trays again and again.