Story: Greenhouses
Episode: 13
Presenter: Sue McDougall
Air Date: 13 November 2021

Sue gets her seedlings started with a Greenhouse project. This is the ideal activity for kids, keeping them entertained and educating them on food production

  • There are a few essentials for successful seed germination. Number one is good soil.
  • Use a good seed raising mix that is sterile,  free from plant pathogens, has the perfect ratio of drainage, has water holding capacity, and is guaranteed weed seed free.
  • Create an ideal growing environment that has protection, warmth and humidity. This will give the seeds a head start.
  • This set has everything you need to create a mini-greenhouse environment ideal for seed germination. Including a misting system to increase humidity for newly germinating seeds.
  • This greenhouse doesn’t require any tools to set it up. It has to push together fittings that can be assembled in a few minutes, no experience is required.
  • As the weather warms up, place the mini greenhouse in a shaded position that doesn’t get full sun. Ensure the misting system is set up and running before placing the cover over.
  • A rule of thumb when germinating, the smaller the seed the less it is covered, and as a guide seed should be buried twice its width.
  • In the case of flowers, the seed is so fine that the greenhouse environment is ideal. The seed can almost sit on the soil surface and the humidity created by the misting system ensures the soil surface doesn’t dry out.
  • Once the seedlings have reached the two-leaf stage and are looking strong, transplant into potting mix, which has all the goodness for the next stage of a plant’s growth.

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