Temporary Hothouse 2012

This year I was given a heated propagator and I have trialled it this winter. Without the clear covers seeds sprouted very quickly but because they were near the laundry window and a bit low on light they grew very leggy and had to be moved to somewhere with better light.

I also tried with the covers on, especially for the seeds that need a higher soil temperature but the results were poor due to the seeds damping off as the mix stayed too wet. Those that did germinate and were moved to better light have done well since.

The moral of the story is that a hothouse is needed to get the best results. Since I don’t have one of those at this stage I did some lateral thinking and used the cabin of the Daihatsu Delta truck which is only used occasionally around the property. At first I only put the leggy seedlings out but since then have put the heated propagator out there also with no extra covers with some better results.

The plan will be to build some sort of hothouse before next autumn.

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