Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Use Biodegradable Paper to Pot Up Seeds

Reprinted from my gardeningbytes.com blog

Tired of all the plastic pots you use when planting seeds? A good way to plant seeds that then turn to seedlings to plant out is to use biodegradable pots made of paper. The pots can be planted in the ground when the seedling is ready as long as you have some holes in the bottom of the pot to help water drain out. This one stop method makes for less use of plastic pots. Paper is often used as part of compost and the paper pots will not harm your soil. If you can't find small paper pots or pots made of other biodegradable materials in local stores you have some items in your home that will work in the garden. Toilet paper rolls and egg cartons are made of cardboard, these simple household items can be used to plant seeds in and then plant your seeds directly into the ground. Once again be sure to have some holes in your egg carton and cut up the individual egg container sections so you can plant out each seedling without disturbing the root system. Place the toilet roll holders on top of a plastic tray since they have no bottom, from there it will be easy to transfer and plant into the ground. You can size the toilet rolls to shorter plant containers as needed.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

An Abandoned Tree in the Garden

I had an unusual thing happen a few weeks ago. We were headed up to see family in Crescent city last month on a weekend and as we walked out of the front door I saw a small pine-like tree in a pot on our front lawn. In fact the pot was placed on top of one of my big lavender plants and really dented the lavender which kind of ticked me off. It was odd to think that someone would drop off a plant on our lawn but they did so I put it behind the gate in the back yard.

The next day I took a closer look at the tree and placed it on our patio deck. It looks like someone was training the tree to look like a topiary, the two stems are wound together and the pine needles are above the mostly bare stem with a little umbrella of branches. Its actually a very pretty plant and so far has been doing well on the deck other than very windy days when it bends a little too much in the wind. I will leave the tree in the plastic pot since the pot is fairly big and let the tree grow as it will. Its a nice gift for me but whoever heard of abandoning a potted tree on someone's lawn?

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