Is this something all thrifty gardeners try one year, and then never again? Well, here’s another tyro giving it a go, after happening upon this post on newspaper origami from the resourceful Self-Reliant Yuppies. A warning: It doesn’t work with the New York Times because the ratio of this rag is all off. Thanks to Nev for noticing this and saving me further frustration — here’s a side-by-side comparison of a workable pot, made from our local paper, and his sad step-sister, made from the Times:
So! Several of the good pots house my growing basil seedlings now. The container that Nev made is a thing of perfection (like he said, “I think it’s so beautiful, you should fill it with dirt and stuff it in the ground!”) I don’t think the newspaper’s going to stand up long to repeated waterings — hence my hunch that I might not make a habit of making them — but they only have to function for a couple weeks before I shove ’em in the soil wholesale.
As I write this, Freya is grunting again, as she has been for much of the past 24 hours. She goes through phases where she’s completely enamored of a certain sound. Too bad this one is like an eastern-European tennis player on a challenging serve. How can she be so feisty and sweet at the same time?