- Monday, December 30, 2013
Late winter is the time of year when gardens in New York look their worst, but when hopes for their future are at an all-time high. It’s the season of seed catalogs and bed planning, and when we get to the halfway point in the month, it’s time for seed starting. It might be ambitious for a gal already sharing 240 precious square feet of space to also endeavor to start seeds in her city apartment, but I’ve got big plans for my window box, and I wanted to try my hand at doing everything from scratch.
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Photographs by Erin Boyle.
Above: In the spirit of do-it-yourself gardening, I decided to make my own pots from last Sunday’s paper. If you have an urge to begin a garden project of your own, consider these pots.
Here's what you'll need:
- Scissors, such as Clauss 6-Inch Scissors ($12.95 from Knife Center).
- Straight-sided glass.
- Twine (optional).
- Potting soil.
- Seeds, such as Heliotrope ($3.25 per packet from John Scheeper's)
- Tray with a handle, such as a Metal Tool Tray via Etsy.
Above: To begin, find yourself some good black and white pages from your weekend newspaper delivery (or your neighbor’s recycling bin). Avoid densely colored or shiny papers as they could leach dyes into your soil. Unfold your newspaper and tear one open sheet along its center crease so you’re starting with a long, narrow half sheet. Next, fold that sheet in half, lengthwise, and in half again—also lengthwise—so you’ve got one long and skinny strip of newspaper.