With only one sunny day in the past month, the ground is soft and gumboots are a must... muddy puddles for the kids.
After finding out our septic tank arrays were incorrectly installed a decade ago, we are having to redo them. This means digging up all our lawn... fortunately our contractor has been able to weave around our fruit trees. Good news is at least we have a head start in turning over and digging for our food forest. New plants are propagating now.
We had a lovely tour of Annton Nurseries in Cambridge who grow the 'Enhance Nature' range of plants for most major retailers. At this time of year they use between 40,000 to 50,000 Fertilpots to propagate and plant in before transferring to bigger retail pots. In fact, all our nurseries are in full production mode propagating thousands of plants in time for the spring planting season starting in the next few months. Check out the photo's on our facebook page.
Happy gardening, Monique & Warren
FERTIL EXPORTER CLEARANCE
Our supplier of Fertilpots has had a clearance of their European range of garden accessories - and we've managed to get hold of a limited quantity before they all go!!
Planting Tool Set
Cloches (Horticulture Bells)
Plant Labels & Tags
Hanging Flower Bag
50% Discount off RRP
Our handy Micro Propagator is great for indoors andfits neatly onto a sunny windowsill and comes complete with a drip tray.
Measures 20 x 15cm
We now have a new mini propagator designed with special compartments to hold our Fertil Peat Pellets. Each propagator measures 38x24cm and includes 24 organic peat pellets.
Due to requests from customers, we now have in stock Ecofelt Grow Bags available in a lighter tan colour, and a larger 60cm bag.
Made from recycled plastic bottles otherwise destined for landfills, comes a lightweight, breathable felt fabric that is crafted into plant pots you can use in your garden, yard or home! These fabric pots are wonderful for plants—roots can cool in summer and not suffocate from over-watering. The fabric material lets water permeate so there's sufficient drainage without holes in the pot. Plus, they're washable and reusable.
Our EcoFelt Grow Bags can be used to grow plants of any size and type, and are also ideal for transporting plants because they are lightweight and durable with the larger sizes coming with carrying handles. Potted plants and trees will enjoy healthy growth while above-ground, and can also be planted directly in the ground, where the pot will degrade to allow the roots to take hold in the natural environment.
We have several sizes of bags, designed to suit specific crops. You'll use only as much soil as you need, and enjoy the maximum harvest in the minimum space.
With our Ecofelt Grow Bags, the possibilities are virtually limitless! They have made it possible to grow your own food on balconies, porches, decks, motorhomes, etc. Try some and see for yourself just how impressive the results can be!
For more info visit our site www.growbags.co.nz
Priced at up to 45% off RRP
Growing Seeds in a Propagator
Sowing seeds in a small propagator allows tender plants to be started off earlier in the season. When they have grown into young plants, they can be planted outside in the garden or vegetable plot once the weather is warm enough.
Many vegetables, including tomatoes and runner beans, can be started off indoors. Most crops and flowers are started off indoors in August or September, for planting out in October or November when the risk of frost has passed.
Small seeds are generally sown into shallow seed trays and pricked out (transplanted) into larger pots while still at the seedling stage
Slightly larger seeds can be sown into individual modules in a modular plug tray, so limiting transplant shock
Large seeds can be sown individually into 6-8cm diameter pots
Use a good quality seed raising mix. This can be blended with other soil conditioners, such as Biochar to give your seeds the bext uptake of nutrients.
Many seeds require specific sowing treatments, such as light-exclusion or scarification (scratching or nicking the seed coat), so check seed packets for specific instructions.
Small seeds can be scatter-sown thinly over the surface soil. Very small seeds can be mixed with fine, dry sand before sowing to obtain an even distribution. After scattering, sift a layer of soil over the seeds.
Larger seeds can be station-sown, pressing each seed individually into the surface of the compost a couple of centimetres (1in) apart in a seed tray. If using a modular plug tray, sow one seed per plug. Sometimes, two seeds are sown per plug and the strongest seedling selected, discarding the weaker one.
Label, lightly water again and cover with the propagator lid. Maintain a temperature of around 18ºC, unless seed packet states otherwise.
Check daily for emergence. Once germination occurs, the glass, polythene or propagator lid should be removed to increase ventilation.
Keep the compost just moist at all times to maintain steady growth until the seedlings can be pricked out (transplanted) to bigger pots.
Water small seedlings and plug plants with a watering can fitted with a fine rose, to avoid damaging them. Larger seedlings and more mature plugs can be watered using a coarse rose, as flooding is necessary to soak the entire depth of compost and roots
Feed pricked-out seedlings and plug plants with a balanced liquid fertiliser applied fortnightly in most cases. Larger plants may need weekly applications and tiny seedlings may only need monthly feeding
If sowing into larger plug trays, try putting controlled release fertiliser granules or a chicken manure pellet in the bottom of the plug before sowing to provide plants with nutrients as their roots grow down into the compost
If ornamental seedlings become lanky, pinch out their shoot tips to encourage branching. If necessary, several ‘pinchings’ can be done before the plant is ready to go outside. Avoid excessive legginess by growing plants in bright light and avoiding overly warm conditions.
Once the weather is warm enough and plants are large enough to be moved outside, they will need gradual hardening off to outdoor conditions.