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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!
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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.
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Soak your paper overnight, or at least 12 hours. You want it good and soggy!
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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.
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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.
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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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