Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Farmers Market Plant Seedlings

Website: DIY Organic Garden

seeds start coming up you can save them the way they are in the paper tubes and transfer to a pan to take to your garden or you can replant them in another type of container to continue to grow.  See REPLANTING SEEDLING FOR FARMERS MARKET video.

In 2010 I used my seedlings from the original paper tubes, In 2011 I transplanted them into origami paper boxes.  This allowed my seedling to easily transport and look presentable at the Farmers Market.

The paper box on the right is made from the instructions on the a pencil holder pencil holder video.  My paper square for making the size box I needed were 8X16 and 10.5 X 21.  I folded the newsprint in half for either an 8 x 8 or 10.5 x 10.5. 

Newsprint is light and I wanted a heavier construction for the planter so it would hold up with all the handling I would be doing and all the watering. 

Look closely at the picture and you will see the very tip of the flat box cut off.  This creates a hole for water drainage.  Although water will seep through the paper I gave it a route of least resistance.  Before pushing the paper into a box shape I wrote on in inside flaps the name of the plant.

Next take a plant tube with plant out of the original planting area.

Add just enough potting mix to elevate the paper tube to 1/2 in lower than the top of the box.  You want to be able to cover the tube with mix.

Place tube in box and add mix on all sides and top of the tube.  Tamp mix down well.

When you are done the tube should be covered and the plant should be about 1/4 to 1/2 lower than the top of the paper box.

Water new mix in well.

When planting, plant entire box.  Cover box with soil completely, do not allow paper to be exposed to air and want the entire box to decompose.

These are completed re-plantings ready to grow some more and be sold at the Farmers Market in May.

see Making Plant Starters for instructions on starting seeds in tubes.

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