Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Tuesday Re-Use-Day - 2

On each Tuesday for the next few weeks I will be featuring photos of things that are re-used around Scarecrow's Garden.
Remember to click on any photo to enlarge them!

Growing - Containers - Raising seedlings

Seeds are started in any clean container that will hold sufficient seed-raising mix to allow short term growth of seedlings.

Re-used punnets are well washed and used again for small seeds (if disease is a known problem diluted bleach solution can be used to dip pots etc into as a final rinse)

1 kg margarine/yoghurt tubs are used for larger seeds Squash/melon/cucumber
or even old pots!

As the seedlings grow they are potted on to growing pots.
These are plastic containers, large cream containers,
2 litre juice or milk bottles,with tops and bottoms removed,
that are filled with a more nutrient rich mix
that these seedlings remain in until planting time.

The plastic 'pots' are carefully pushed up at planting time and can remain in place as covers to lessen bug attack, keep water contained at root site and also keep the newly planted seedlings warm.

Loo Rolls (the cardboard inserts) can be filled with growing mix
for in-between sized seeds like peas and beans.
These can be planted with the seedlings.
The cardboard will rot away and the roots will not be disturbed during planting.

Polystyrene fruit boxes are used to house early seedlings
because their insulating properties aid in keeping in the warmth.
Old pieces of glass (safely edged) sit on top of these boxes
to help early germination.

In the case of the 'bottomless' pots shadecloth (or newspaper) is used to line the bottom of these containers. The shadecloth is washed and used again for the next lot of seedlings.

To be continued next Tuesday cool


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