Kapi-Mana News : November 1st 2011
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Photo: VICKI PRICE By VICKI PRICE Gardeners aren t the only ones wanting a bit of shad- y respite in the heat of summer; some plants do too. Whether your plants are tender seedlings or leafy lettuces, a potting shed cum shade house is a useful component of your garden. It can also be a good hideaway for over-wintering pots of hibernating bulbs. Come the spring and it is time for many seeds to be started, but not all young plants are immedi- ately ready to cope with the cool weather outbursts that can still surprise. This is where some sort of shel- ter is valuable to get those babies going in their own nursery. Cut- tings too can be nurtured this way until established enough for out- door life. You can use bought trays for your seeds or recycled pots and food containers like milk cartons cut in half or yoghurt pots with a drainage hole put in the bottom. Sow your seeds and keep moist until the young plants emerge above the soil. If you have had a covering over them to increase warmth and humidity then remove it now but don t let the soil dry out. Once the seedlings have grown on a bit and have their second set of leaves, it is time to prick them out, that is, take each individual plant gently between finger and thumb and replant into another tray or pot with more room to grow. It is helpful to use a dibble or small stick to help get under the roots without disturbing them too much. Once they have grown on from this tray, they are ready to go out into the garden. The shade house has so far protected your young plants from the full brunt of the elements, saving them from harsh midday sun and any frosty weather that may still be lurking -- the moisture-depleting wind too has been softened. Hopefully, snails and slugs have had little chance to attack in the nursery and you have dozens of plants for the price of a packet of seeds, compared with a punnet of six bought from the shop. A shade house doesn t need to be a big-ticket item. The one in the picture was home-built for around $250. It has framing made fromlengthsof4x2cutinhalfto make 2 x 2 squares. The floor and shelves were made from fence battens and the roof is corrugated Perspex (slightly curved so the rain runs off, which you could col- lect in a barrel). Shade cloth wraps the whole thing up and the finished house wedged in-between trees to help with stability and set on bricks. At 1.4 metres squared and 1.8m tall, it comfortably fits one person in the middle and shelves on two sides. There is room for storage of pots on the floor and other small gardening equipment like sacks of potting mix. Labour costs would make this more expensive of course. Having water near your nur- sery makes keeping your plants moist much less of a chore. As mentioned, you could have a bucket or barrel to collect rain- water off the roof (be aware of the danger to children with these) or site your shade house near an out- side tap. Having it somewhere near a utility area like the vege- table garden or clothesline where you spend time regularly will also make it easier to keep an eye on progress. Another way to give protection to your seedlings on a smaller scale, is to cover them with a warming cloche in the garden. This can be made from wire hoops supporting a sheet of plastic, or make use of old windows. The extra warmth created gives plants a good start, which means they ll be well established.
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