It’s been a pretty soggy, cold and generally all round miserable April here at Little Wren Pottery HQ. Even so when I walk around the neighbourhood you can see people optimistically stocking up on gardening equipment and compost for that eventual moment the sun breaks through.
For the last three years I’ve been trying to grow tomatoes, its probably the plant that every gardener tries to grow at some point. This ‘easy’ plant has been causing me a lot of problems; from blight to moulds and just not planting them out early enough.
So this year I decided to plant them up early in the wettest month of the year and with a little help from Miracle Grow. It’s been a seriously long time since I used Miracle Grow but when I was little I used to water my Grandmothers geraniums with it and quite frankly I need all the help I can get.
How to make a paper seed tray in four steps
It’s really easy to make your own seed tray to do it you’ll need; a newspaper, a glass and some sort of tray or container. I used a mushroom crate from the greengrocers.
1. Fold and cut your newspaper in half and fold it out so that you have strips of newspaper. If there are any staples remove them.
2. Take your glass and wrap the newspaper around it to create a cylinder.
3. Create about an inch to an inch and a half gap between the bottom edge of the newspaper and the bottom of the glass, fold this over and then press down onto a flat surface.
4. Slide the glass out and fill with compost. Place in a tray and repeat until you either fill the tray or run out of newspaper!
I know some people don’t like the idea of newsprint inks being so close to plant roots. Personally I think the newspaper helps to absorb and retain some moisture especially for water thirsty plants like beans. Here’s hoping the weather improves!