That toilet paper tubes , cut in half , make excellent starter pods ? Put a
bunch of them in a round tinfoil cake pan standing on end , Fill /em with
<your choice of> soil , and plant the seeds . By the time the plants are
ready to move into the garden the bottom half will be mostly decomposed .
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Yes; I've used them for years. I slip bands cut from (nominally)
28oz plastic coffee containers around groups to keep them together and
stand the whole ball of wax on end in the container's lid. Warning:
The tubes are flat-wound helixes that do not always unwind easily or
disintegrate as readily as one might hope. You may have begun to notice
the "Lifesaver Effect" on toilet paper rolls: That is, the hole is
bigger while the roll appears to be the same size. The large, thin
cores work better than the older "good" ones.
This comp is still being sorted out - This is my desktop , I left it with
my kids at my house in Memphis "We don't use your stuff." . Pure bullshit ,
they had this thing so eaten up with virii and trojans that I had no choice
but to wipe the HDD install the OS fresh . Actually I swapped in a new
drive so I could salvage most of the stuff on the old one .
I thought the sig delimiter was "space hyphen hyphen ... oh and I turned
that particular annoyance off in the AV program - I think I did anyway .
i've been shredding mine and feeding them to the
worms for the past few years. not thinking i would
be doing seed starting at all anyways. looks like
i might try to find some room here this season and
might have to make do with strips of cardboard slit
up halfway and then interleaved to make cells...
The dividers that separate bottles in shipping cartons are nearly
made to order. Check with grocer or a liquor store. I'm fat with
dividers from liquor cartons, if you think they'd work and are
interested, lemme know.
shredded cardboard is one of the best mulches for worm
food. any time we go to a certain store we always scrounge
up free boxes. Ma uses quite a few of certain ones for
things she does. any scraps i shred and that eventually
ends up in the worm farm. within weeks it's gone. a few
box tops i use for drying veggie scraps or projects, after
a while they get beat up so they get shredded and get fed
to the worms. it is a nice system where pretty much
everything eventually gets used or recycled. i line the
box tops with newspapers so they don't get too gunky too
today i finished up sorting through quite a few box tops
of garlic from last summer's harvest. the garlic i brought
in a few months ago was sprouting and some of it was starting
to ferment. quite nice smelling. :) the garlic i brought
in from the garage (where it has been repeatedly frozen and
thawed and generally ignored) is in much better condition.
that was purely accidental as i thought i had brought all of
it in. good thing. perhaps this weekend i'll see if it is
still in good enough condition to put some of it up to hold
us over the next few months. the bucket of garlic that will
get buried deeply this spring when the ground thaws is some
really stinky stuff. wonderful. i had to put it out in
the garage a few minute ago. the lid on that bucket didn't
fit as well as the one i used last night. didn't smell it
at all until i opened it back up today. a whole 5 gallon
bucket of garlic scraps, small heads and scapes. i took
most of the tunics, roots and stems off to use as worm food
as the worms seem to really love it. the roots especially.
i'll have a 5 gallon bucket of those scraps to run through
the wormies the next few weeks. i've never heard a worm
haha, guess i'm in a chatty mood tonight, but now i'm
tired and ready for a snooze. cold and windy tomorrow.
will hope y'all don't get too frozen by this blast. we
were planning on going out tomorrow, but i think i'll stick
close to home and enjoy a good fat book and this pile of
blankets here in the roost.
Yep; staying warm. Plenty of firewood on hand, although, not in
the variety I'd prefer. Maybe next year.... Garden doing well. 27°(F)
for about an hour-and-a-half in the small hours of 23 Jan. That was our
first frost, really light, no ice. Wife picked the few peas that were
ready, just in case; needlessly, it turned out. Much warmer now but
wet: Late night sprinkling of rain and then morning fog. Good day in
which to prep a small space in which to transplant some collards that
need some elbow room and to replace some volunteer deer's tongue
seedlings with lettuce.
Garden first-timers this fall are bok choy, celery, broccoli raab
(rappini), two additional varieties of carrots, and one of lettuce.
Don't know what to expect from any of the first three. Will continue to
succession plant them, possibly as late as April or May.
glad you made it through the first blast ok, i sure
hope this latest doesn't wind it's way down there.
i miss the little fellers here, i.e. pea plants, they
just seem to be rather cheerful plants to me.
if the raab is anything like the plant i had growing here
that was leaves/stems and nothing else, it grew great, got
to be as large as the neighboring soybean plants, but i had
no idea what it was, and then the aphids decended upon it
and i finally gave up and removed it.
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