Welcome back, or welcome for the first time. I hope that all of you have had a blessed day. Today is transplant day here on the homestead and we have more than 100 plants that area ready for transplant either to their larger permanent planters for this years focus which is URBAN GARDENING 101 , or since we have so many plants ready to be transplanted into their final jiffy pots to get ready to be put into our giant garden.
For those of you who followed us last year you know that our giant garden is about 1,500 sq feet. To that this year we’ve also added about an additional 400 sq feet for more vegetables but also a much smaller space about 20 sq feet to get fruit bushes going. Now these areas aren’t our focus this year, but I will share their progress with you as we go along.
This year we are focusing on the urban gardener though, who may think they don’t have the space to get themselves into green living, or homesteading. Last year we built greenhouses for our large space garden, if you’re interested in those please scroll back in our history and check them out.
For our urban gardener I am going to show you how you can make a much smaller greenhouse that you could put in a bay window, or that you could put on a table by a window. This will be beneficial if you live in colder regions and you’re combining its use with out water bottle seed starters, eventually though your plants will out grow their water bottles and still need the protection of the small house.
Greenhouse building doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive! In fact you can use some up cycling to create a small green house perfect for a window and easy enough to pick up and bring outside on nice days.
The first one I LOVE! And it’s so easy! And if you have a cardboard box, 4-8 clear two liter soda bottles, and duct tape laying around your house you are already in the the GREEN!
- Cardboard box
- 4-8 2 liter soda bottles depending on the box size
- Clear packing tape
- Duct tape
- A knife or box cutter or scissors
Start by removing the labels from the soda bottles, removing the caps and pushing the air out of the bottles.
With scissors cut of the top and bottom of the two liter bottle.
Once you have all the windows and the flaps cut off the box you’re going to cover all of your edges with a layer of duct tape this will help add stability. Next you’re going to take your window panes you’ve made from the soda bottles and you’re going to tape them on covering the holes using you’re clear packing tape. On the back panel only tape the top of the pane so that you have the ability to open close one flap to put your plants in and out.
Now we’re also getting to transplant time I had said now there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to transplanting!
1. Some plants just DON’T transplant well.
2. The stability of the root and the stalk are the most important. If you lose a few leaves in the process that’s okay leaves can grow back.
3. PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE! Sometimes plants undergo what is called transplant shock. Before you take those plants and give them the chuck (( of course if you’ve been following along with composting as well you know this is PERFECT compostable material)) give them a few days to recover.
Once that’s complete I make holes in every cup roughly second knuckle deep.
This is what you should be left with. Gently take your one plant and place it into your hole. Gently begin filling in the hole.
Now even though your tiny little plants ate getting bigger, you’re going to want to bury your plant to just below your first set of leaves. This is going to make a big difference in stability and you will find that even though your plants do seem much smaller they will be stronger for it in the long run.
When your tray is full you will have happy plants ready for their last leg of their indoor journey before they head outside for the summer! And remember patience is key! Your plants may look sad for a few days having experienced transplant shoc, just remember to keep giving theme he love they need in forms of water and sunlight and warmth and they should perk back up.
Next time we will begin discussing our great lay out for the urban gardener who is tight in space! As always readers I hope that the rest of your day and week are filled with joy, happiness, and love!
Peace – Happiness – Salvation!