Finally, it’s planting and sowing season. Spring is the best time of year – cold nights and sunny days that aren’t hot. All of the fruits are coming back into season, and all the toilet rolls collected over the past few months are finally put to use. I fold the rolls in half and fill with soil. The cardboard will eventually break down, so I don’t need to remove the seedlings from the rolls once the sprout – just plant straight into the pot!
I saw the idea for this Hot House from Gardening Australia, and the video is here.
A Hot House is basically a sweaty sauna that traps humidity in a container. Seedlings LOVE and NEED moisture and warmth to grow. It’s why everything seems to be happiest in Spring, once the temperature has started to rise.
1 large, clear tub with a lid
a bucket of sand
a bottle with a squirt lid
|I took these egg cartons from my mum’s – they make handy seed planters, as you can cut them up and plant directly in the dirt. Also, the lid allows you to label which seeds are in each pod.|
1. Line the base of the container with sand. Fill up about an inch.
2. Flip your bottle over into the sand, lid down. Do this in the corner. You may want to remove the base of the bottle, so you can fill it up easily. The lid will allow water to slowly trickle out.
|Mostly removed lid on the water bottle, to allow for refill|
3. Place the seeds in their containers, into the hothouse.
4. Place the lid on the container, snapping it shut to keep in the moisture. Keep somewhere warm and sunny. The seeds can come out of the Hot House once they start to sprout.
|You can see the wet sand on the right and dry on the left of the wheel. The sand will eventually all be wet and ready to raise the humidity in that house!|