Saturday, February 8, 2014

Edens Wrapping Paper

This is not an entirely stupid idea.  What needs to be done here is to properly space the seed in the paper with cut lines as well.  That can tackle one of the most troublesome issues with small seeds that bed for proper spacing.  Imagine a three foot by three foot seed bed with a carrot seed occupying its individual two by two inch spot.  This works out to perhaps three hundred fat carrots.  That compares to row systems that may give you fifty to one hundred misshaped carrots.

Carrots in particular need almost no soil cover and a paper wetted and patted down is perfect.

This applies to most fine seeds that give seeding difficulties usually overcome by over seeding and future thinning.  Neither is particularly satisfying.  I hope it makes it into general usage.

New wrapping paper can be used to grow vegetables
November 28, 2013

Eden's Paper wrapping paper contains seeds which grow into vegetables once planted (Photo: Eden's Paper)

As the holiday season gets into full swing, one inevitable byproduct of the widespread cheer will be masses of waste wrapping paper. One interesting idea to reduce this comes via Eden's Paper, which is billed as a "100 percent plantable wrapping paper," and can be used to grow vegetables by simply placing the paper into some soil, adding water, and waiting for nature to do its thing.

Currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, Eden's Paper features five designs to choose from: Carrots, Tomato, Broccoli, Chilli, and Onion – all of which come with the corresponding (organic) seeds embedded on the back of the wrapping paper, encapsulated within layers of biodegradable tissue paper.

As one would hope, the wrapping paper itself is derived from 100 percent recycled paper, and even the ink is vegetable-based, so it won't harm the soil. In addition, no glues or other harmful products are used in the manufacturing process.

A minimum pledge of £5 (roughly US$8) is required to snag one sheet of broccoli wrapping paper. As of writing, the campaign still has 18 days left to run, with £1,000 of its £25,000 goal raised thus far.

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