Peel Away Pots are designed to produce healthier vegetable seedlings that are easier to remove at transplant time.
The cube-shaped pots are made from a porous Velcro-brand fabric that lets air get to the roots, promoting a healthy root system. The sides of the pot peel apart, so you can remove the plant without disturbing the roots.
The pots are washable and reusable. They won a 2013 Green Thumb Award from the Direct Gardening Association.
Peel Away Pots come in 2- and 4-inch sizes and in red and brown. Prices range from $9.95 for sets of pots alone to $24.95 for kits containing pots and a self-watering tray.
They can be ordered at www.gardeners.com or 800-955-3370.
Q. I have a Corningware microwave browning dish I used many years ago in my microwave. Would it be wise to use this pan in a conventional oven and on my stove top?
No. The browning dish was intended for use only in a microwave oven, according to the instructions that came with the product.
Corningware’s microwave browning dishes had a special coating on the bottom that was designed to absorb microwave energy. The user preheated the dish in the microwave, and the heated bottom would then sear or brown foods that were added to the dish immediately.
The instructions specified that the browners were not to be used on stove tops or in conventional ovens.