Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing the inaugural post from our Murrumbateman Correspondent and Coordinator – Bella.
We are trying different ways to grow healthy strong seedlings, and here is Bella’s experiment so far (each of the pictures is numbered and has a story below). Here’s Bella…
Ok, I first noticed this small box in the Aldi shop and was very curious about how this could be used to raise seedlings (Picture 01).
There are 50 pellets in a box (at a price of $12.50) (Picture 02)
The instruction is clearly described:
- Place the pellet into a watertight shallow container with the net opening pointing up.
- Add warm water into the container until the pellet has expanded several times its original size and is dark brown in colour. Pour our any excess water. (Picture 04)
You can see here how the shape of the pellet is changed after it absorbs the water. (Picture 04)
For the first experiment, I chose Pak Choi seed:
- Sow a couple of seeds in each pellet according to the instruction on the seed packet.
- Add water when the pellets start to turn light brown but don’t over water.(Picture 05)
Place the container with pellets in a light and airy position but away from midday sun, gradually exposing to more sunlight.
- Place the container with pellets in a light and airy position but away from midday sun, gradually exposing to more sunlight.
This is after 5 days. (Picture 06)
This is after 10 days.
Now I placed them in an egg carton box, and they all looked very comfortable in their place 🙂 (Picture 07).