This is my take on the ship in a bottle. Now how did those potted plants get inside that tiny hole! Amazing. If you act now... *rattle rattle*
- Take a 2 Liter bottle and cut off the bottom (they have a nice line to show you were already on them!)
- Remove the Label
- Take a dixie cup, plastic in this case, drill 5 holes in a star pattern (one center, one all points)
- Fill with your favorite soil mix
- Insert as few or many seeds as you want - I've done 5 seeds per in a star pattern to give me an idea on germination rates/success
- Place cup on the bottom of the removed 2 Liter bottle bottom, which conveniently is the perfect size for a party cup (Lets water drain away and insulates it from a cold surface its sitting on - neat!)
- Slide over the main bottle and push the bottom until its back into one piece - voila!
- Adjust cap on or off to maintain your desired humidity/heat ratio
Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Decided to take a household shop light fixture with its two 40 Watt fluorescents (which put out a combined 6400 lumens) to ramp up production on this under the stairs urban farmstead. These terrariums do a nice job at holding in a bit of heat. The temp probe clocks them in at 70F.
As of the 27th I'm trying to get a huge jump on some of the main crops. I want to be able to transplant large well established plants in the garden by the time last frost rolls around. Who wants to wait til the end of summer to eat something. So far, broken down as follows :
- The two tomato varieties - Polish Linguista and Brandywine
- The various peppers, hot and sweet - Jalepeno, Jwala, red/gold marconi
- The eggplants - aswad and ping tung
- Cherokee corn (Seen some positive results online with people transplanting. Experimentation is good)
- Okra (Same mentality as with the corn)
In the lettuce flat There were 20 garlic bulbs planted. They are doing amazingly well. When I went to pull one out and transplant it to its own cup.... my my, it has the hugest root system ever! Oh my, it is so profusely garlic stinky as well. Subsequently I have decided to just let them stay in there and be happy. There are two transplanted in dixie cups that the plan is to see if I can get them to tolerate going outside as if planted back in the fall. I'll let you know how it turns out. Started another seed flat using a paper plate filled with soil. This one has a combination of Red and white onions and lettuce in the center. The onions in the other flat have managed to finally come up. Originally they were struggling to bury their root in the dirt so I put a bit more soil over them. They are a lot happier now emerging.
Hmm, what else. Planted a store bought onion that had sprouted. It was yellow to begin with. After just setting in on top of the soil in the lettuce flat it turned green and sprouted roots within a day. It wants to live. Gave it a nice home with dirt and shop light.
Anybody in the habit of growing full plants before placing them outside to cut off a few months of growing season?