This is a wonderful, beautiful tool for gardeners of all ages. I find it so satisfying to press these little pots together and fill them up with soil and seeds. You can see here that I have used some brown paper, the same paper that you may have received in a parcel from me.
You can use any paper you have lying around, as long as it is biodegradable, and, of course, you can use newspaper as well. This press will keep all of your little pots pinched together and uniform in size. I like to grab a shallow container of some sort, anything with holes in it, perhaps something that your produce came in, and line up all of the little pots in there so they stay together and upright.
Ella is obsessed but still trying to get the hang of it hehe. It takes a bit of force to push and twist the press together, but she is really good at filling the pots up with soil and sowing the seeds.
When old enough to plant out, seedlings can be left in their paper pots to avoid disturbing the roots. Plant growth is unchecked and the paper will decompose as the plant grows.
How to Use a Paper Pot Press
Tear a strip of newspaper 16cm wide and approximately 40cm long
Fold strip in half along the length
Roll strip around the press with the folded edge at the top of the cylinder (paper will overhang the bottom of the press)
Holding the rolled paper, scrunch the bottom edge and tuck it inwards under the press
Align with the base of the press. Push down firmly and twist to crimp the paper pot base, slide the pot off the press