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'on site' seed planting

Posted by mary_littlerockar 7b Central Arkansas (My Page) on
Wed, May 19, 10 at 11:45

An observation and suggestion for anyone planting directly in the outside garden bed.

When I transplant my wintersown plants into their permanent growing spot, I like to place a collar around them to help protect them from crawley things that tend to eat young plant growth. Using a cheap pair of scissors from the dollar store, I cut out a ring/collar from a 2 liter soda bottle and place it around the young plants. The scissors cut through the plastic extremely easily. By pushing this ring slightly into the soil, it stays in place and being clear, it isn't noticeable in the garden, where it extends up about 1.5 to 2 inches in height. After two or three weeks, I remove it when the plants have hardened up a bit. It also helps to hold the water around the roots of new transplants when watering. This same type of open collar might work to keep fall sown seeds in place so they don't wash away plus I doubt birds would get into such a small enclosed area to dig for the seed. Might be a good experiment to try if you're planning on some fall 'on site' planting.

Mary


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RE: 'on site' seed planting

Mary,

Thanks for the great uses for plastic pop bottles. I am going to save the info and definitely use it.

Sandy


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RE: 'on site' seed planting

Hmmmmm......sounds like an idea I can really use as I get into my butterfly meadow, with all the transplants I'll be making there.
Thanks!
Sherry


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