The seed catalogs have started rolling in, and it’s got me in the mood to plant. It’s way too early to start, so I settled on taking old paper and turning it into new paper embedded with seeds…ready to plant when the weather warms!
Start by gathering old paper (junk mail, newspapers, scrap booking leftovers (as I did)….anything. Just make sure to remove any plastic, staples or other additions, and don’t use shiny/slick papers as they contain substances that will be toxic to our seeds). Cut/tear/shred to get small pieces.
Soak your paper overnight, or at least 12 hours. You want it good and soggy!
While that’s soaking, build a screen. You’ll need a simple frame. You can build one or use an old picture frame with the glass/backing removed. Stretch a piece of nylon screen tightly across and staple in place. My staples were too long so I didn’t get this done well and my screen began sagging by the end of the process.
Encase the edges in duct tape. The paper pulp won’t stick to the tape, so it gives you a nice edge. In my case it helped secure to screen.
Our paper yielded about 1 1/2-2 cups soaked paper. Add that to your blender (some would advise you to use a blender other than your primary food prep blender…due to the inks and such
) I have a separate blender I used for this, but I probably would’ve used my one and only if that’s all I had!
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