I am working on my garden currently, as the season for that is starting again. I sow tomatoes and other vegetables but never liked the look of the plastic little pots people use for it. Also these pots take in a lot of space since the edges are not straight. I have a limited amount of space so I wanted to make straight pots, which also look a bit better.
I came up with the idea to use an old roll-up curtain (sorry if I am using the wrong words here) and an old beach mat, both made from natural materials. I searched for examples on the internet to be able to show what I mean:http://www.lollyman.nl/images/rolgordijn_copy1.jpghttp://www.budgetland.nl/images/strandmat-riet-707704.jpg
And this is what I made of it:
Here some more together, I made them different in size so that each plant will get enough light:
The above pots are made with the curtain and the ones below with the old beach mat:
I know its not perfect ^_^ but I think its better then the plastic pots.
Its very easy to make, just roll up the curtain or beach mat material (first cut the right size) and put a plastic little bag with good earth in it inside. Give the plastic bag with earth the right shape by forming it with your hands a little bit and then use elastic bands around the whole thing to keep it together. With the curtain material you can also tie the first and the last stick together, it will hold like that as well. But with the beach mat, its not possible since it will fall apart.
(lol, I hope its clear this way, I am not sure how to explain it)
In the end you can punch some holes in the bottom of the pot, which is very important to make sure the roots do not become too wet. They will rot if they do, and you lose your plants. When there is too much fluid inside, it goes through the holes.
Its possible to make several kinds of shapes, to make use of the space you have as good as possible. Here for example I have a very long and thin one:
As long as there is enough earth in there for the plant to grow.
When the plants are ready to go outside, you can easily remove the elastic bands and the material around without damaging the roots, and then place the plants in the soil outside.
So far my plants are doing well in them ^_^ these pics are old already (lol, I have early tomatoes) and here is how its looking at the moment:
Some of the plants are already in a different room since they where getting too big. I was a bit too early with those.
I dont know how it is in other countries, but here they sell these old curtains and beach mats in second hand stores for 50 cents or 1 euro, prices like that. With one curtain I could make loads of pots, also with one mat. I love it ^_^ (I need to do most things very low butget, lol)