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In my grandfather's day in the UK, many grocery shops received bulk goods in wooden boxes, typically about a 3 foot (1 meter) cube made from thin plywood sheets nailed to a softwood frame. These "tea chests" (though they were not exclusively used for tea) were given away free to anybody who wanted them, and were ideal for making things like seed trays. The ...


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You might look for example at John Claudius Loudon's "Encyclopedia of Gardening" (1835) where you will find that gardeners made great use of boxes of various kinds, from big boxes for orange trees to smaller boxes for mushrooms and seeding. It would have been no problem to go to your local chippie and request that he made up a few dozen shallow open top ...


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One of my grandfathers started his seeds in 1.5"/2" diameter clay pots in a well-lit upper-story bedroom. No artificial lights or heating mats. He also started his seeds later than we do now (his tomatoes were only 3 inches tall when planted out, for example), probably to prevent lots of etiolation. For a Memorial Day planting (which is when we planted ...


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If your garden compost was produced in the manner most of us do, that is, just chucking it in the bin and leaving it to get on with it, rather than turning a couple of times a week, then your compost may contain pathogens and is not suitable for use in pots at all. On the other hand, if the compost happens not to contain any pathogens, you might find your ...


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Do not worry. I just never used the "plastic" above the seeds. I know that paper was used, but I never cared much. I also seed plants on my greenhouse, when the temperature is a lot less 20 degrees. It just will take some more time, but do not worry. Do no worry much about soil. Seeds need just humidity, no nutrients. Old (and compost) dirt have just more ...


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Lychee doesn’t grow true to seed kinda like apple slices. You need to start the tree with a branch from the mother. If you want the same fruit and taste. If you’re growing it from seed skip paper towels start it right in a pot. Should sprout in a week or three. If it takes more than a month it’s bad. Try to plant the seed within a week of taking it from the ...


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As far as I am aware, plasma activated water is simply water which has extra oxygen available for a short period. It is well known that while oxygen is essential for most types of life, in high doses it can actually be poisonous, and for this reason it can be used as a cleaner and sanitizer. Peroxide is actually produced by plants in their germination phase (...


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