Peat Pot Maker
This easily-made device makes a Pellet or Pot that is big enough to not need daily watering. Neither will the roots escape the Pots so quickly, which should make a hardier plant. Actual Pot size will be about 2-1/2" on the top by about 2" high.
To make yours:
Get a 15 ounce can of Salmon and remove the top of the can.
Notice that the can is tapered. The "top" is the large end.
This taper allows the compressed Peat to fall out easily.
Then make Salmon Cakes, or Salmon Soup, or feed it to Tabby.
If you don't include the liquid, use it as outdoor liquid Plant Fertilizer.
Drill a 7/16" hole centered in the bottom (small end) of the can.
Remove the sharp edges with emery cloth.
Make the Press as shown in the drawing:
Dimensions are not critical, except that the plunger should reach about 3" into the can and fit close to the inside. Holes in the plunger allow air to escape. Drill a 3/8" hole through the base to glue the 2" X 3/8" diameter tapered dowel in. The longer you make the handle, the easier it is to compress the mixture.
Make a Peat Moss Mixture:
100% loose Peat Moss may be used. Or various soil mixtures may be used, as long as you include enough Peat Moss fibers to hold the compressed mixture together. A good ingredient is Seed-Starter mixes which contain added nutrients. Compost also makes an excellent ingredient.
Soak a quart or two of loose Peat Moss over night in a plastic bag, then squeeze out the excess liquid. Soaking in Manure Tea adds welcome nutrients to the Pot. Then mix the Peat Moss with dampened soil if you choose. Experiment to determine the amount of your particular soil that will make a Pot that holds together well. 1 part of soil to 2 parts of Peat Moss is a good place to start.
In use, the Salmon Can may be sprayed with no-stick Oven Spray, or you can make wax-paper liners like those used to make cup cakes. Then put a pre-measured amount of prepared mix in the can and place it on the Dowel. The amount will be determined by your Pot size preference.
Press the handle down hard enough to compress the mixture and remove the air pockets. Hold it in this position for a few seconds to allow the mixture to settle and compress. Just enough liquid should squeeze out to fill the Plunger holes. If excessive water floods the Plunger, your mixture is too wet; squeeze more liquid out of the mixture before you make Pots.
The Pots are made upside down. The tapered dowel creates a hole in the center of the Pot to accept a seed. After the seed is inserted, fill the hole with damp soil. Then place the Pots in a warm, sunny place. Covering them with a clear plastic bag will raise the humidity, and hasten germination. Remove the plastic when most of the seeds sprout. Water them as required by your particular conditions.