For the last several years I’ve said that THIS will be the year I have pots and pots of sweet, little flowers on my porch. Then I stopped by my local nursery and reality hit.. the cost for my fantasy is no less than outrageous!
It’s okay, because this year I’ve devised a plan so that I can have the flowers of my dreams at a fraction of the cost.. and I can have My choice of flowers.. instead of those of my local garden center. How? I’m going to start from seed.
I attempted this before with only marginal success.. My problem was that everything I attempt to transplant my seedlings, I killed them. I guess I’m a brute on fragile little roots. So in order to rectify this problem, I’ve decided to go with biodegradable pots..no transplanting, just shove it in the ground and let it rot away. I’m not going with those from the big garden centers but ones that I’ve made..because you know I’m a sucker for making things…and shucks, these pots will be free!
So, how does one go about making a container that will hold up without involving staples, glue or tape? Origami, of course! I made a paper crane back in the tenth grade..so surely I can make a small box-like structure today. Here it is.
And here’s how I did it!
1. Lay out a full sheet of newspaper.
2. Rip it in half
3. Turn one piece long side facing you.
4. Fold it in half left to right – like a book.
5. Fold it again, bottom to top.
6. Fold it again, left to right – you should now have quarter size.
7. Lift top half and push the outside corner (bottom right) back.
8. Push corner up to meet the middle, or spine.
9. Crease it well.
10. Flip paper over.
11. Repeat 7-10.. so that you’re left with this.
It should look like this when you pick it up.
12. Fold top wings in to meet the center and crease.
13. Fold them again and crease.
14. Flip it over and repeat 12.&13.
15. Fold the top flaps down and crease well.
16. Open your pot!!.. Be sure to hold sides as you do this.
17. Square bottom well so that your pot sits well.
18. Fill pot with soil and plant your seeds!
Yippee! Can’t wait to show you my flowers once they begin to grow!