Kitchen Greenhouse : all about containers (Earth and Tree)

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Monday, 31 March 2008

Kitchen Greenhouse

This is going back a few weeks, now, New Moon at the beginning of March to be exact.

I spent a happy afternoon at the kitchen table with the radio for company, surrounded by newspaper, compost (not always ON the newspaper, sadly!), milk cartons, seed packets, tin foil cat food trays, cardboard tubes and miscellaneous other extremely handy bits and bobs… attempting to construct little comfy homes for my seedlings. There was something very cathartic and Blue Peter about it all, I haven’t had so much fun in ages.

Elsie the cat was very helpful in attempting to eat, biff or sit upon my carefully organised chaos and has since been most displeased that the sunniest spot in front of the kitchen window (where she sun-worships and watches for passing pigeons to make the Ack-Ack noise at) is now occupied by a number of recycled DIY incubators of dubious construction.

Nevertheless, I got some herb seeds planted in my ‘proper’ propagator (try saying that quickly!), potted on the February seedlings and generally got very very grubby. Brilliant!

I picked up a tip from somewhere (will try to find it and post the link) recently to use the cardboard cartons that soup or milk comes in for plant pots, as when you want to plant out you can just snip down the sides with scissors and slide the plant out intact. So I did this for a few of the bigger seedlings. I also used the bottom half of plastic milk bottles (with drainage hole punched in the bottom) as plant pots. And I’d been saving the plastic trays from food shopping to use as drip trays to stand things in .. or as lids for incubators, if transparent.

In fact, things might be getting out of hand now because I can’t look at anything now without working out how I can re-use the packaging.. its addictive!


yoghurt pots as mini greenhouses

make seedling pots from newspaper

make recycled seed po

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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