Monthly Archives: January 2017

Making Paperpots

How to make plant pots from newspaper.

Making paper pots - Lady holding Lobelia plug planted in recycled newspaper pot - © Paul Debois/GAP Photos

Making paper pots – Lady holding Lobelia plug planted in recycled newspaper pot – © Paul Debois/GAP Photos

A sequence of shots showing how to make paper pots from recycled newspaper. No other equipment is needed and the process is so simple that a child can make the pots in minutes. The pots are in fact open ended boxes and when made from a single sheet of a tabloid newspaper, will form a small pot perfect for potting on seedlings or planting a variety of seeds.

As the paper fibre absorbs water, they can be stood in trays of water to keep the compost most. The paper is actually strong enough to last several weeks before it starts to rot, but by that time the seedlings will be ready for planting into a bigger pot or directly into the garden.

You can buy devices to roll newspaper into pots, but the box method doesn’t require anything apart from dextrous fingers!

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Junker’s Hamamelis


Hamamelis or Witch Hazel usually have highly scented, colourful flowers in Winter and good Autumn leaf colour.

Junker’s nursery in Somerset specialize in growing a large range of choice and often difficult to find hardy shrubs and trees including Hamamelis. Much of the Hamamelis collection is grown naturally in open ground with several varieties planted in the newly developed Quarry Garden. Karan Junker owns and runs Junker’s Nursery with her husband and son and has written articles and a book on Gardening with Woodland Plants.

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Winter container with Witch Hazel

Winter container with Anemone blanda 'White Splendour', Cyclamen coum, Winter Aconite - Eranthis cilicica, Hamamelis x intermedia 'Vesna' - Witch Hazel - © GAP Photos

Winter container with Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’, Cyclamen coum, Winter Aconite – Eranthis cilicica, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Vesna’ – Witch Hazel – © GAP Photos

A step by step of creating a winter container with Witch Hazel.

Liven up your garden or terrace in winter with this mixed container. With a combination of Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’, Cyclamen coum, Winter Aconite Eranthis cilicica, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Vesna’ you will have various colour, heights and textures.

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